USM Names Osborne as Interim Football Coach

5/13/2014 12:00:00 AM

Offensive Coordinator Osborne Follows Departing Coach Lance Hinson


Jay Osborne




(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary has named Jay Osborne—the football program’s offensive coordinator and a Saint Mary grad—as interim head coach of the Spires Football Team. Osborne’s appointment follows the departure of Head Football Coach Lance Hinson.

Osborne, who joined the program’s coaching staff in 2010, was the architect of the Spires prolific offensive attack the past several seasons, noted USM Athletic Director Rob Miller, and he boasts college, high school, and professional coaching experience on his resume. Osborne also was a four-year starter as a player for the Spires from 2003-2006.

“We’re very confident that our football program is in great hands with Jay,” Miller said. “He’s a great recruiter, he’s been involved in every aspect of the team, and we’re excited that he’ll be leading the team. We expect big things out of Spires Football going forward.”

Coach Jay Osborn added that “we intend to finish in the top echelon of the KCAC and make a real impact in the NAIA. USM Football also has a proud tradition of creating academic All-Americans, and we plan on continuing to grow in that distinction while competing for a conference title.” 

Osborne replaces departing coach Lance Hinson, who took the helm of the football team in 2005 after two years as an assistant coach. Hinson, a Texas native, is leaving USM for the head football coaching job at McMurry University, an NCAA Division II school in Abilene, Texas.

“USM greatly appreciates everything Coach Hinson did for Saint Mary Spires football during his time as coach, and we wish him the best in his new role,” Miller said.

The university has also promoted Spires Running Backs Coach Fran Schwenk to assistant coach and named him assistant athletic director. Coach Schwenk has over 40 years of coaching experience to his name, including stops at Missouri Western State University, Doane College, and William Jewell College. He is a past president of the NAIA Football Association.

Saint Mary has 12 varsity sports programs—football, volleyball, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, cross country, and track & field—along with co-ed cheerleading and dance and a new club-level lacrosse program set to begin in Spring 2015. Visit to learn more about USM athletics.