CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dwaine Osborne is suited to take over a men's basketball program with few returning players on short notice. He has done it before.
Just never on such short notice.
"This is my third head coaching job," said Osborne, the University of Charleston's first-year head coach who was hired three months ago after Mark Downey's abrupt resignation. "At Glenville, I got the job in the middle of June and it was about the same thing at UTPB, but to get one in the second week of August is pretty late."
Osborne led Glenville State to a 20-win season in 2008-09 and then transitioned to the University of Texas Permian Basin. At UTPB, he led the Falcons to their first Heartland Conference regular season title in 2010-11.
The success at Glenville was unprecedented since the school moved to Division II and UTPB had more winning seasons (two) during Osborne's stay than it ever had.
Now, however, Osborne has the opportunity to step into a program that finished 19-9 last season, but lost three of its top five scorers.
"We'll change the system if we need to," Osborne said.
Osborne has a roster that is, for the most part, made up of student-athletes he did not recruit.
"I don't see us out there just letting it go," said the 37-year-old coach. "I think we have to be selective in what we do; we have to get the right people the ball in the right spots."
Xavier Humphrey, a 6-foot-6 senior, is one of Osborne's key returning pieces. He is the top returning scorer from a team that lost first-, third-, and fifth-leading scorers to offseason dismissals and its second-leading scorer, Evan Faulkner, to graduation. Faulkner is an assistant on Osborne's staff.
Humphrey averaged 9.7 points per game last season, led the team in blocks (39) and rebounds per game (5.4), and finished third on the team in 3-pointers made (41).
"Xavier Humphrey is an unbelievable kid," Osborne said. "I'm disappointed I'm only going to get to coach him one year. He's probably our most talented player."
Aleksander Kesic, the second-leading returning scorer, is trying to stay healthy this fall. The 6-8 big man will get more experience this season.