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After Bishop Kearney lost in last season's Federation Tournament semifinals, Jon Boon told his assistant coaches on the bus ride home that his basketball coaching days for the Kings were done.
"They didn't believe me," he said.
Boon had told Kearney athletic director Chris Belmont even before last season that it would be his last one on the bench, and last week Boon, 46, made it official. After nine seasons that included seven Section V titles and state championships last spring (Class AA) and 2009 (B), Boon resigned. Kearney graduate Kevin Goode, 35, a guard for a Kearney's state semifinal squad in 1995 and assistant to Boon the past nine years, takes over. A Rochester School District employee in the special education department, Goode also coached the Kings' freshman team for three seasons during legendary coach Ed Nietopski's tenure.
"I'm just going to try to build on everything that has been done," Goode said of the Kings' tradition.
The news comes a week after 6-foot-9 junior forward Thomas Bryant, one of the top recruits in the country with a handful of scholarship offers from major colleges, announced he has transferred to a highly regarded prep school in Huntington, W. Va. There is no correlation to Boon's exit, Boon said.
"I could have quit in July and people would jump to that. It doesn't matter. But this decision was made a long time ago," said Boon, who has been coaching 22 years and will still teach at Kearney, where his teams went 137-75.
The Kings also lost 6-10 center Chinonso Obokoh, a freshman at Syracuse University, and point guard Antwoine Anderson, a freshman at Fordham University, to graduation. In fact, Goode expects only two players who played regular minutes to be back. However, he said Brandon Kellam, a 6-4 junior, has transferred to Kearney from Jamestown.
"He�ll bring some excitement," Goode said.
Boon previously was an assistant at Mansfield University, Monroe Community College and St. John Fisher College. He said if he coaches again, it'll likely be one day at the college level. Why did he wait to officially resign?
"I had some close friends of mine tell me to wait until after the summer and just see if anything changes (in his mind) and honestly, nothing has," he said.
His family was a big reason. Not coaching will allow him to spend more time watching his children play for Fairport High School. Tyler, 15, is a swimmer and Brianna, 12, plays softball. He'll also get to take time away to see his son, Cam, 17, at Stony Brook University. Cam was a backup guard for Kearney's state title team last season.
"It's a good way for him to go out," Anderson said.
Source:Democrats & Chronicle