Plant boys cross country coach Mike Boza, whose ultra-successful local tenure includes four state titles while at Jesuit, announced via Facebook over the weekend that he's retiring.
"I recently let my school administration and my team know that I will not serve as the head cross country coach next season," Boza said in a three-paragraph Facebook post. "It was a very difficult thing to tell the boys. I've been teaching and coaching for over 30 years. Each of those jobs has become more demanding over the past few years to the point where I just need to take a break."
A married father of two grown children, Boza, 52, led Jesuit -- his alma mater -- to four state titles and three runner-up finishes in 12 seasons. After a brief stint at Leto, he took over the boys program at Plant in 2007, guiding the Panthers to third- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, at the last two Class 4A state meets.
Last year, he published his first book -- Run, Rinse, Repeat -- that chronicled his efforts to train his 2011 team even as he prepared for his first marathon in years. At the end of the book, he indicated he had pondered retiring before the '12 season.
"I've never been content to repeat the same experiences over and over without looking for the next challenge and pushing myself to grow," Boza wrote. "I also wonder how much longer I will have the energy and stamina for this kind of work. Teaching and coaching at a large public high school is demanding (if you're doing it right, anyway)."