Bart Osborne is heading into the his seventh season as the head coach of the Union College baseball program. He took over the helm in July of 2003, making him the seventh person to hold the post since the sport was reinstated at the school in 1974.
Osborne has compiled a 258-101 record during his first six seasons at Union, which included a pair of 48-win seasons in 2006 and 2008 to set the program record for wins in a season. In fact, after a 31-win season in his inaugural campaign in 2004, the Bulldogs have reeled off five consecutive 40-plus win seasons. In addition, the Bulldogs have posted a 97-37 record in Appalachian Athletic Conference play under Osborne and won the 2006 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament.
Union reached new heights in 2007 as it won the NAIA Region XII Tournament for the first time in program history and hosted the South Central Super Regional. In 2008, Osborne took the Bulldogs even further as Union won its second NAIA Region XII championship in a row and won the NAIA South Central Super Regional to advance to the Avista-NAIA World Series for the first time in program history.
The Bulldogs went 1-2 at the 2008 NAIA World Series to place fifth.
In 2009, Union posted a 44-12 overall record and advanced to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.
During his tenure, Osborne has produced one NAIA First Team All-American and 11 NAIA All-American Honorable Mentions, 15 NAIA Region XII All-Region Team players, 23 First Team All-Conference selections, the 2006 Appalachian Athletic Conference Player and Freshman of the Year and the Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2005 and 2008. In addition, Union had a player named the NAIA Player of the Week once in 2006 and a pitcher named the NAIA Pitcher of the Week twice in 2005. The Bulldogs have placed 30 players on the Academic All-Conference Team and seven have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Under Osborne, Union has also had one player to be drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft while a total of five Bulldogs played professionally.
Prior to coming to Union, Osborne spent the past six years as an assistant coach at Murray State University. While there, Murray State made postseason tournament appearances every season and won the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship. In addition, Murray State has produced 19 All-Conference team members, broken 16 offensive school records and raised it conference winning percentage from 39 percent to 51 percent.
Before coaching at Murray State, Osborne spent three seasons at Southeast Missouri State University as an assistant, was the head coach at Kirby High (Tenn.) School for two years and served as a graduate assistant at Delta State (Miss.) University for two seasons.
He received his Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his Master's from Delta State. Osborne played at Roane State (Tenn.) Community College, helping it win the state championship in 1987 and was the team captain in 1988.
Osborne is married, and he and his wife, Julie, have two daughters - Addison and Leanna, and a son - R.J.
Adam Hines is in his seventh year as the assistant coach of the Union College baseball team, serving as the team's pitching coach.
The Bulldog pitching staff has flourished under Hines as two players have been selected as the Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, first in 2005 and then again in 2008. Also, one pitcher has been drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft under Hines. In all, five Bulldog hurlers have earned First Team All-Conference honors with one being named a First Team All-American and two receiving All-American Honorable Mentions.
In 2008, as Union made its first-ever NAIA World Series appearance, the Bulldog pitching staff set program records for innings pitched (499.1), strikeouts (71) and shutouts (11) while eight individual season pitching records were either tied or broken.
During the 2004 season, he first with the Bulldogs, Union had one of the top pitching staffs in the NAIA. The Bulldogs rated in the top 20 in seven of nine pitching categories. Union ranked fourth in Team ERA (3.03), 10th in Strikeouts Per Game (6.14), 14th in Total Strikeouts (356) 19th in Walked Batters Per Game (2.71), 13th in Runs Allowed Per Game (3.84), 17th in Total Runs Allowed (223), and 11th in Hits Per Game Allowed (6.88).
Prior to coming to Union, Hines spent the four years (2001-04) as the head baseball coach at Southeastern Illinois College. In all, he spent five seasons on the coaching staff at Southeastern Illinois as he spent the 2000 season as an assistant.
The Evansville, Ind. native is a 1993 graduate of North High School. Hines then went on to pitch two seasons at Southeastern Illinois, where he received his Associates Degree in Science in 1995. From there, he continued his playing career at Murray State (Ky.) University, pitching two seasons for the Thoroughbreds. Having earned his degree in 1998 from Murray State, Hines served as a student assistant coach in 1998 and as a graduate assistant in 1999.
Hines is married to the former Heather Jones of Indianapolis, Ind., and the couple resides in Barbourville.
J.T. Thompson is in his first season as an assistant for the Bulldog baseball program.
Prior to coming to Union, Thompson received his B.A. in management with a concentration in accounting from Wittenberg (Ohio) University in May of 2009. While at Wittenberg, he was a four-year member of the baseball team, serving as a team captain his senior season. Playing shortstop and outfield, Thompson batted .302 during the 2009 season with two home runs, 20 runs scored and 20 RBIs.
Thompson also served as the head coach for the Northmon High School varsity summer baseball program in Springfield, Ohio, from 2005-08. During the three-year span at the helm, Thompson posted an 83-18 record and won the 2009 State ACME Championship.
Thompson is a native of Clayton, Ohio.
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