Roosevelt Osborne has stepped down after 18 seasons as Centennial boys basketball coach.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I made it official (June 24),” he said. “I want to spend more time with my family. I’ve been coaching for more than 20 years.”
This past season, Centennial went 10-14 overall and 7-7 in the City League-North Division to place fifth behind champion Linden-McKinley (12-2). The Stars opened the Division II district tournament with an 86-72 win over Licking Valley before losing to DeSales 84-61 in a second-round game.
“It’s been great,” Osborne said of his tenure with the Stars. “When we got there, Centennial was like a laughingstock. People would take us for granted, they would beat us. And we rose above that, and we’ve been a really good tournament team as well.”
The Stars lost four players from this past season to graduation in wing player Ahmed Dada, forward Kelvin Gilliam and guards Luchene Davis and Cameron Kates, but expect to return several key contributors next season, including four rising seniors in guards Jaylen Gilbert, Tyreek Gunnell, Jaylon Jackson and Travonne Jackson.
Gilbert was named third-team all-district as a junior.
“We would like to thank coach Osborne for his dedication to Centennial for the past (18) years,” athletics director Lucas Tuggle said in a statement. “His commitment and leadership to the young men of Centennial will be hard to replace.”