HOWLAND - Bill Bogan has decided to take a few steps back from the basketball coaching bench at Howland High School.
Just far enough to settle into one of the seats farther back from courtside, where he can watch his son, Reece, as a proud father and not a concerned coach.
"It's time for me to step away from trying to look out for everyone else's kids and take the next two years and focus on being a proud dad and watch my son play," said Bogan, who announced his resignation as the boys' head coach Thursday.
It's a major personal decision for Bogan, who's been part of the Trumbull County basketball scene for most of the last 35 years. He played for the Badger Braves when they advanced to the Division III state tournament in 1981. He's been on the coaching side for 30 years, missing only one season during a stint as an assistant coach at Warren G. Harding High School.
While many coaches return to coach again after a resignation, Bogan believes this might be the end of his career on the Xs and Os side of things. Reece, a promising 6-3 guard who will be a junior next season, has designs on playing in college, which would mean four years beyond the next two for Bill to emphasize his role as father.
"I don't think (I'll coach again)," Bill said. "I want to focus on pushing the Bubba (Classic) and making it better and better. It's something I'm inspired to do. I want to be an advocate for boys' and girls' basketball in Trumbull County."
Bogan helps administer the Bubba event, an all-star classic played in the memory of former Harding coach Frank Bubba, who passed away in 2002 after a lengthy battle with cystic fibrosis.
It's the dream of many coaches to have their son or daughter as a player. Bill sees more benefits watching from afar.
"I want to pat him on the back when he does a good job and tell him how proud I am of him," Bill said. "Sometimes your relationship with your son as a coach is like the shoemaker who has kids. His kids are sometimes the last ones to get their shoes made."
Bill was the head coach at Badger for 12 seasons before joining the program at Harding. He coached at Howland the last three seasons.
The lessons learned and the friendships made with coaches and administrators are what Bill will take away from his time in Howland.
"I appreciate the experience and the opportunity to have been able to pick the minds of so many great coaches there," Bill said. "I learned a ton from my three years that I was there.
"Some are meant to be proud dads and not dads being coaches."