Assistant Coach David osborn

Coach Osborn embodies IAm3 better than just about anybody I have ever met. His pursuit of the Lord overflows into everything he does and allows him to empower everyone around him.
— Ben Carlson, Senior


  • Second season on IWU Coaching Staff

  • Spent two prior seasons as boys varsity head coach in Illinois

  • Graduated from General Electric’s Financial Management Program

  • Director with PGC Basketball

  • Played one season at Clarks Summit University

  • Student manager for two season for Indiana University Men's Basketball program

  • Lives with his wife (Amber), daughter (Landyn) and son (Decker) in Marion

Why IWU...

As I was considering making a move to college basketball, I put together a wish list of three things I was looking for in a program.  I wanted to find a place where I could serve. I wanted to find a place where I could learn and grow. And I wanted to find a program and community I could call my family. I learned really quickly that all three of those prayers were answered here at IWU.  My passion is to disciple young people through the game of basketball and I’m not sure there is a better place in the country for me and my family to be.

IAm3 is...

Luke 19:10 tells us that Christ came to “seek and to save the lost”. He died so that we may live. For this reason, we choose to put God first, others second, and ourselves third. IAm3 is about getting outside of yourself so you are able to see how you can lead. Christ was a servant leader. For this reason, in order to be the best leader you can be you must first serve others.

Fearless is...

Fearless is freedom.  Fear is limiting and can be exhausting.  We are often told that to find freedom, we should be able to do whatever we want and make our own rules, be whoever you want to be. We have found that the opposite is actually true. Fearless is freedom within structure. When we live an IAm3 life, putting God first and serving others and we live within the guidelines of his Word then we can be fearless. The same is true on the basketball court. When the players in the program care more about their teammates, the success of their teammates, and the overall success and elevation of the team for a greater good and they play within the guidelines given then they can live and play fearless.

What do you hope a player who play at IWU gains from his experience?

It is my desire that players who leave this program have grown. They can look back after their time in the program and see how the Lord has worked and moved in their life and how God has been glorified through hoops. It’s my desire that their time at IWU is transformational. It transforms their habits and what they hunger for. So when they start their career and their family and find themselves in a place far from Marion they can live out IAm3 and be fearless as they impact others the same way they were impacted and changed during their time in the program!

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