Osborne Promoted to Assistant Coach
EUGENE, Ore. – Thomas Osborne has been promoted to assistant coach for the Ducks' women's soccer program, head coach Graeme Abel announced on Thursday.
Osborne spent the last season as the team's volunteer assistant coach, helping Oregon post its first winning record (6-5-5) since 2006. The Ducks were one of the best defensive teams in the conference. Oregon set a program record with a 0.69 goals against average and held all but one opponent – Pac-12 champion UCLA – to one goal or less.
Osborne helped Leah Freeman become the first Duck goalkeeper in program history to be named to an all-conference team, as the freshman set the UO individual record for goals against average at 0.74 goals allowed per game. Freeman was a Pac-12 third team honoree and was also named to the Pac-12 all-freshman team.
"We are delighted to add Thomas as a full-time member of our staff," said Abel. "Adding an assistant who can not only oversee the development of our goalkeepers, but also excel in other critical areas of our development was key. Thomas is without doubt one of the elite goalkeeper coaches within the collegiate game already and we are ecstatic to have him here in Eugene."
"I would like to thank head coach Graeme Abel and deputy athletic director Lisa Peterson for giving me this opportunity," said Osborne. "I have learned so much over the last 18 months at Oregon and I am grateful to be able to continue to work with the incredible student-athletes and staff we have here. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way and I am excited to stay part of the Oregon Family."
Osborne came to Oregon after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at Columbus State, where the Cougars were 31-8-2 during his tenure, including an 18-1-2 mark in 2018, when CSU won the Peach Belt Conference with a 10-0 record. That squad advanced to the 2018 NCAA Division II Tournament quarterfinals.
Prior to Columbus State, Osborne spent four years as a goalkeeper for Limestone College. In his senior season, he posted a 15-3 record while having a 0.52 goals against average with nine shutouts.
While at Limestone, Osborne was named to the United Soccer Coaches Association all-Southeast Region second team, the D2CCA all-Southeast Region first team, and the all-Conference Carolinas first team as a senior.
Osborne also spent a summer interning with the NWSL's Orlando Pride working with the goalkeepers.
The Summerville, S.C., native graduated from Limestone with a Bachelor's of business in sports management and business management in 2018. He added a Master's Degree from Columbus State in 2020.
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