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Jay Osborne to be Springfield Catholic coach

Longtime Nixa head boys’ basketball coach Jay Osborne planned to take a year or two off after retiring, but when a new opportunity presented itself and the timing felt right, he jumped on it.

And just like that, one of the legendary coaches to come through southwest Missouri will remain on a high school basketball sideline.

Osborne was announced as Springfield Catholic’s next head boys’ basketball coach on Tuesday afternoon. He will replace Jack Simpson who departed after one season to become the head coach at Parkview.

In a phone interview shortly after the announcement, Osborne expressed his excitement to remain a coach in southwest Missouri even when he thought he might take a brief hiatus.

“I’m hoping it’s a good fit,” Osborne said. “It allows me to keep coaching and I don’t have to sell my house. I’m excited about it and I hope it works.”

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Head coach Jay Osborne, of Nixa, waves to the Nixa fans as they chant,

The marriage between Osborne and Catholic happened quickly after Simpson was announced as the head coach of the Vikings. Catholic Athletics Director Dan Evans told the News-Leader that the school hoped to retain Simpson for as long as it could but he understood his desire to become the head coach at Parkview.

Evans said he and Osborne are long-time friends and he didn’t get the feeling Osborne would be out of coaching for too long. Once Simpson departed, Evans quickly reached out to gauge Osborne’s interest in him.

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