Osborne Elevated to Head Basketball Coach

Nancy Osborne
Nancy Osborne

MILWAUKEE, WIS. – Alverno College Athletics has appointed Nancy Osborne as the new head basketball coach of the Inferno.

Osborne joined the Alverno staff as an assistant basketball coach in fall 2015 and an assistant cross country coach in fall 2016.

“Nancy has put in the work to deserve this,” said Interim Director of Athletics Heather Parkinson. “Her familiarity with the program, current student-athletes and incoming recruits will allow for a seamless transition moving forward.”

The 2017-18 Inferno basketball team finished an injury-plagued season at 5-20 (2-18 NACC) with senior Gabby Hood securing All-NACC Second Team honors. In 2016-17, Alverno reached the NACC semifinal round and tied for the fourth most wins in program history. The squad finished sixth in the NACC with a 12-8 record in conference play and upset third-seeded Benedictine University in the first round of the 2016-17 NACC tournament.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead Alverno Basketball,” said Osborne. “I’ve been very fortunate to work alongside amazing people and coach student-athletes at such an incredible institution. I’m grateful to Heather Parkinson, Jim Oppermann and the rest of the athletics staff for their unwavering confidence in me. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but our team is ready for the challenge.”

Before her coaching career, the North Canton, Ohio, native was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team at the University of Mount Union. Osborne played 81 career games and started 51 for the Raiders. During her senior season, Osborne started 26 games and was the team’s third-leading scorer with 7.7 points per game. The Raiders captured the Ohio Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III championships her freshman season.

Osborne received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Mount Union and is working on her master’s degree in organizational leadership and development at Alverno College.