Williamsburg dedicates field to Osborne

The Williamsburg Wildcats put on a display that “Da Coach” would be proud of on Friday night, defeating Fayetteville 28-0 and posting their first win of the year as former coach Ken Osborne had the Williamsburg football field dedicated in his name.

“He was like a second dad for me growing up,” current Williamsburg coach Scott Lefker said. “I have all the respect in the world for Coach Osborne.”

Osborne began coaching and teaching at Williamsburg in 1963 and held his post as football coach until the1994-95 season.

During his time on the sidelines at Williamsburg, Osborne accumulated over 200 victories, won the league title eight times and went undefeated four different years.

The Wildcats also finished second nine different times as well under his tutelage.

Osborne coached and taught many in the Williamsburg community and had a strong impression on the current group of people running the school and athletic department.

Current athletic director Rick Healey, who played under Osborne, was present along with around 75 other former players.

Healey said that while the decision to dedicate the field to Osborne was before his time, the ceremony on Friday night was the culmination of all the work that has gone into the facility that the Wildcats now call home.

Also, the plaque (pictured) was presented to Coach Osborne, his wife, Sidney and the group assembled to honor him.

Jim Vickers, a Williamsburg alum and former player under Osborne, emceed the halftime ceremony, recounting memories and anecdotes about the coach.

Osborne was credited with putting Williamsburg football on the map and getting the most out of the players he coached. Moreover, Osborne was lauded with being more than just a football coach, he was credited as a caring, encouraging figurehead who took many players under his wing and set them on the path to success.

Among those who have Osborne to thank for their current paths in life is the entire coaching staff at Williamsburg today.

Along with Lefker and his brother, Tommy, who coaches the junior varsity, assistant coaches Shannon Smith and Tom Bickett were there to share in the field dedication.

The plaque commemorating the coach will adorn the building that houses the locker rooms.