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Bosnic resigns as Connellsville boys coach

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 10:45 p.m.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Connellsville coach Dan Bosnic reacts after a bad play against Norwin on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Norwin High School. Norwin won 57-56 at the buzzer.

Citing personal reasons, Dan Bosnic resigned as coach of the Connellsville boys basketball team.

The Connellsville School Board is expected to accept Bosnic's resignation at Thursday's scheduled meeting.

Bosnic confirmed his decision and said it was a difficult choice to make.

“It's not easy,” Bosnic said. “I really enjoyed working with our players, and I had the opportunity to work with some really great people there.”

Bosnic spent six seasons as Connellsville's coach. He amassed a record of 63-67. He led the Falcons to three winning seasons, including an 11-10 record this past season. His best season with the Falcons was in 2010-11, when he guided Connellsville to a 20-3 record. The Falcons won the Section 1-AAAA title that year and advanced to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals before falling to Mt. Lebanon, 52-40.

Bosnic couldn't pinpoint one particular moment or game that stood out during his career at Connellsville.

“It's not so much the games,” Bosnic said. “As a coach, you appreciate the in-betweens. You appreciate the hard work the kids put in, and to see their hard work pay off for them means the most to me as a coach.”

Bosnic was a teacher in the Uniontown School District before becoming the principal at Ben Franklin Elementary School, a position he has held for the past two years. Bosnic plans to pursue advancement in his own education but also will retain his position as principal at Ben Franklin, which means he will not have the time necessary to dedicate toward coaching.

Although he is leaving the coaching ranks now, he didn't dismiss the possibility of one day returning to the bench.

“Obviously it's a game that I love, and I would never rule it out,” Bosnic said. “But I need to focus on (furthering my education) right now.”

Bosnic told Connellsville athletic director Jim Lembo of his decision earlier this week.

“He's been with us for a long time, but I know he is working for some things in his professional career,” Lembo said.

“A lot has changed for him in his professional career and the demands are greater when you are a principal. He's a good guy, and he's always been loyal to us.”

Lembo said the position will be posted in the near future, and he hopes to have a new coach in relatively short order.

“The sooner, the better,” Lembo said. “With the way sports are, those kids should probably be doing some things.”

Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. Reach him at jblack@tribweb.com.

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