Boss ready to take charge of Tigers’ pro­gram

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Sports - By Mike Bush

Chris Boss likes to stay ac­tive. In re­cent years, Boss has proven that at the Tokay High cam­pus. Now he’ll be busier as the new Tokay High boys bas­ket­ball coach.

Boss takes over for Travis Okamoto, who re­signed over the sum­mer af­ter three sea­sons to be­come the new River City High boys bas­ket­ball coach in West Sacra­mento. Okamoto, who lives in Sacra­mento, is en­ter­ing his third year teach­ing English at Lodi Mid­dle School.

“I’m ex­cited about what we can get done, and where the pro­gram is go­ing,” Boss said. “It was a re­lief for the stu­dent-ath­letes that the de­ci­sion was made.”

Tokay High Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Michael Holst said seven peo­ple ap­plied for the coach­ing po­si­tion, and three that in­cluded Boss were in­ter­viewed. Last Fri­day, Holst no­ti­fied Boss, who had been Okamoto’s lead as­sis­tant coach for the last three sea­sons, of the de­ci­sion, and an­nounced it on Twit­ter an hour later.

“Coach Boss has been an in­te­gral part to our bas­ket­ball pro­gram since 2014,” said Holst of Boss. “He has proven him­self to be a hard-work­ing and knowl­edge­able coach, and we were im­pressed with his vi­sion for the pro­gram dur­ing the in­ter­view process. He will al­low us to stay con­sis­tent in fun­da­men­tals and scheme go­ing into this sea­son as well.”

Boss, who is a cam­pus su­per­vi­sor at Tokay, said he told some of his play­ers at St. Mary’s-Tokay foot­ball game that night. On Mon­day, mi­nus cur­rent Tokay foot­ball, cross-coun­try and water polo stu­dent-ath­letes who are in sea­son and plan­ning to go out for bas­ket­ball next month, Boss held con­di­tion­ing drills for re­turn­ing play­ers on the var­sity, frosh-soph and fresh­men teams that run through next Mon­day. Boss said that there were an es­ti­mated 42 out for all three teams. Prac­tices be­gin on Nov. 6.

Over the sum­mer, Boss coached the Tokay sum­mer boys bas­ket­ball team. At that time, Boss fig­ured his role would re­main the same un­til Okamoto an­nounced his de­par­ture.

“We had been work­ing so hard dur­ing the off-sea­son,” Boss said.

Okamoto added, “He works real hard. He ap­proached the (as­sis­tant coach’s spot) as if it was a full-time job job.”

On of­fense, Boss plans to con­tinue to run the mo­tion of­fense that re­lies on quick­ness. On de­fense, Tokay plans to run mostly man-to-man that will be mixed in with zone sets.

Cur­rently, Boss is the Tokay High boys water polo coach. The Tigers are 3-4 in the Tri-City Ath­letic League and 5-8 over­all, count­ing Thurs­day’s 7-5 win over Tracy at the Tigers’ pool. For the last three years, Boss has also coached the Tokay fresh­man baseball team.


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