April 23, 2017

New boys hoops coach at CVU

Michael Osborne

Michael Osborne

A veteran Johnson State College basketball coach has been hired to take the boys reins at Champlain Valley Union High.

Kevin Riell, CVU athletic director, recently announced that Michael Osborne will replace varsity coach Scott Bliss, who is putting down the clipboard after six years.

Osborne, a member of the basketball Crimson Tide at Spaulding High in Barre, also played at Johnson State and was head coach there from 2005 to this past spring.

Osborne told the Observer in a recent phone interview that his priorities will be “building relationships with players.”

He said he is familiar with many area players from their participation in a summer basketball camp he has organized the past few years.

Osborne said his program will emphasize the “three Fs: fitness, fundamentals and family.”

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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