Though girls' basketball only began in earnest for Ewen-Trout Creek in the early 1970s, the team has matched the accomplishments of the men's program from day one. A big part of that success was due to the efforts of the Upper Peninsula's winningest female coach, Nancy Osier. Over a 35 seasons, Osier led her teams to an unprecedented record of 582 wins -185 losses. When she retired after the 2007-2008 season, her Panther teams had won eight Great Western Conference titles, 15 district titles, five regional titles, one State Semifinalist (1987) and one State Runner-UP (1985).
Osier began her coaching career at Bergland High School in the early 1970s, right after the passage of Title IX made girls' sports compulsory on the high school level. She herself had played basketball for Northern Michigan University but never got the chance to do so in high school. After six years coaching at Bergland, she left to coach the Ewen-Trout Creek girls' varsity basketball team. It was there that she took her career to a new level. She did this by encouraging girls to start playing the game in elementary school and by pushing her own players to continue training and playing in the offseason.
Osier was named U.P. Class D Coach of the Year three times (1983, 1984 and 1994). The National Federation Coaches Association selected Osier as the Central Region Coach of the Year in 2000. She was a finalist for Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2001. Prior to that she was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan's Hall of Fame.
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