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Fri. August 31, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

Ridgewood has its fourth high-profile coaching vacancy in the last year.

The Rams are looking for a new boys basketball coach because Mike Bua is transferring to teach math at Harry Schwettman Education Center, an alternative school in New Port Richey.

"I’m a big believer that the coach should be on campus," Bua said Friday. "Going over there was a good opportunity for me, and I had to make a hard choice. It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. It’s best for my family right now."

Bua guided Ridgewood to an 18-8 record his first season and a 15-12 finish last winter.

He was promoted to head coach in April 2010 after six years as an assistant. He replaced Gary Anders, who resigned after 31 years of being head coach.

"When accepted it, I envisioned myself probably retiring here," Bua said. "The circumstances changed."

Those changing circumstances include the addition of a son, Mason, who was born the day after school let out for the summer.

Ridgewood has posted the boys basketball job on the district’s website. The site lists a Wednesday deadline to apply.

Rams athletic director Tom Wellington said the school would like to fill the position within the next few weeks.

“The sooner the better, with it being right around the corner,” Wellington said.

Bua’s move continues a hectic year for Ridgewood administrators.

In October, the school named Julius Matos its head baseball coach to replace the legendary Larry Beets. Ridgewood tapped ex-Gulf coach Jay Fulmer as its next head football coach just before the start of spring practice, after a three-month search.

Earlier this week, the Rams named Fannie Mae Rowland as its new girls basketball coach, Wellington said. Rowland had been the school’s JV coach.

She replaces Matthew Rocha, who was hired in the spring as Tampa Catholic’s next coach after recording a 34-20 record at Ridgewood.

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