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Levi Osborne has been named the head girls basketball coach at Billings Central.

School principal Shel Hanser made the announcement on Friday. Osborne replaces Jeff Malby, who resigned last month after four seasons to pursue a career in private business.

"Levi is a passionate, high-energy person with impeccable integrity," Hanser said. "He is a tremendous person and role model, and a very successful teacher on our campus. He will be a wonderful addition to our athletic department in this capacity."

This will be Osborne's first head coaching job. His coaching career began in 2007-08 when he was a volunteer basketball assistant for Terry Thomas at Dillon. He joined Central in 2008 when he was an assistant for girls coach Kathje Dalton, and moved to the boys side from 2009-12 when he was an assistant for Hanser.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity," said Osborne, who teaches business and computer technology at Central. "To run a program at Central is a rare opportunity, and I'm really excited about it."

Osborne takes over a program that won four state tournament trophies under Malby, who went 68-30 during his time with the Rams. The Rams return several key players from last year's team that went 16-8 and finished second at the state tournament behind Eastern A rival Laurel.

Osborne said the Rams have "amazing athletes," and that they'll be a team that will get out in transition.

"We're going to be sticklers for getting our points in the paint or from open jump shots," he said. "We want to be a team that gets to the free throw line and get more points from there than our opponents."

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