For the Reporter
Longtime Kentridge High football coach Marty Osborn was inducted into the WSCA (Washington State Coaches Association) Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Osborn was honored at a banquet program at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Seattle.
Raised in Bremerton, Osborn’s his first coaching influence was his father, Rick, who coached him in the Navel Avenue Pee Wee Youth Football Organization. He graduated from Bremerton High School in 1979, playing for Hall of Fame coach Chuck Semancik. He played for Olympic Community College in the 1979-80 for coach Orsen Christensen. He played for Central Washington University in 1981-82 for Hall of Fame Coach Tom Parry.
Osborn was an assistant football coach for Doug Smith at Olympic High School from 1983-85. In 1986, Osborn’s men’s track and field team won the Olympic League Championship.
In 1986, Osborn assisted Kirk Westre for one season at Mount Rainier High School and became the head football coach from 1987-90. As a first-time head coach, Osborn’s defensive coordinator, Bernie Gibson, was instrumental in the team’s success. In 1990, the team made it to the state Championship in the old Kingdome, losing a tough battle to Tumwater.
From 1991 to 2016, Osborn was the head coach at Kentridge High School. Team accomplishments included multiple top 10 Rankings, six South Puget Sound League championships and 14 playoff appearances.
Some of Osborn’s honors and achievements: 156 career victories; Seamount and SPSL Coach of the Year; Seattle Times All-Area Football Coach of the Year; Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Tacoma News Tribune Washington State Football Coach of the Year; Seattle Seahawks High School Football Coach of the Week; coached in four WSFCA All-State Football Games; and the lifetime relationships with his coaches and players.
Osborn would like to thank his family for a lifetime of support for him as a player and coach. His best friend and wife Lori and their four daughters Tiffany, Brittney, Talia and Alex. Family members Rick and Patty Osborn, Gary and Linda Proctor, Stan, Vicki, Donovan, Darren Hosmer, Ron, Shirley, Scott, Erina Reed, the Kearns family, and his grandparents.
Also inducted was John Ondriezek, who coached at Mariner High, leading the Marauders’ to 117 victories, three league championships, 15 years of postseason games and the 1998 3A state championship game.