Take a bow, B.J. Joseph.
The head basketball coach at Indian River High School watched his team upset then-division-leading Milford on Tuesday, Feb. 12 — the final game for Joseph in a 27-year coaching career, the last 22 being the head man at Laurel, Milford and Indian River.
“Just felt like it was time,” said Joseph. “I just turned 60 in November, and I have been involved in basketball every year of my life since I was, I guess, 11 or 12 years old. My wife has been the most supportive person I could ask for. All these years, we could never go away for Thanksgiving or Christmas because I was coaching.”
Joseph led the Indians to two Division II state playoff berths in his four years at the school, and he took Milford to their deepest run in the school’s history while he was there. But it wasn’t just success on the hardcourt that he’ll remember.
“... My former players were saying that I was able to teach them about life, and not just basketball,” said Joseph, after several of his former players showed up for his final game. “I always told them to play the game of life. Seeing those guys come back as grown men was really special. Just so many memories.”
He said he and his wife had recently purchased a log cabin in Vermont, and he was hoping they could actually get away for Thanksgiving and Christmas now. He is also hoping to do some traveling and to take in some high-end games that don’t come with the additional pressure of coaching.
Enjoy your new-found time, Coach Joseph. You’ve earned it.