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.”