As a basketball lifer, Thaddis Bosley was worried when his desire to coach and be around basketball waned after a tumultuous end to his Shadow Hills girls' basketball season.
The team's – and the valley's – best girls' basketball player, Dominique Urbina, sat out the team's last three games of the season amid off-the-court issues, including the team's only league loss and a first round playoff blowout loss.
The drama that led up to and followed those events wore heavily on Bosley, and the head coach, who helped take the Knights from their infancy five years ago and turn them into Desert Valley League champions this winter, knew he was at a crossroads, looking for another challenge.
"This was the first time in my career that I didn't even want to think about basketball," Bosley said. "I didn't want to be in the gym. I didn't want to work out, and that scared me. I didn't think I'd ever get to that place."
What's more of a challenge than taking over the team his own Knights beat 81-9 last season in a game that could have been more out of hand?
Just two weeks after announcing he was leaving his post at the top of the DVL, Bosley has taken over the same role with Xavier Prep, a team with nowhere to go but up.
"It's the greatest challenge for me as a coach, and being challenged is what drives me," Bosley said. "The opportunity of a complete and total rebuild for a school that's been open as long as Xavier Prep really doesn't happen.
"It's almost like starting the program over from scratch, and that excites me the most."
Bosley takes over a program that has won just two league games in its seven-year DVL membership. Since the former Shadow Hills head coach took over the Knights in 2012-13, the Saints have had three girls' basketball coaches. In that time, Bosley took a team that had won just two league games the year prior to his start and turned them into a DVL champion.
"I feel like I've coached against a different coach every year against them, and it's hard to build a successful program like that," Bosley said. "They need someone that's going to be willing to be there and grind it out like I did at Shadow Hills and initiate and infuse a winning culture and mindset. The sky is the limit."
After the end of this season, Xavier Prep athletic director Mark Campbell decided to let go of the school's girls' basketball coach Donn Dressel, who coached the team to a 3-17 record in just one season, including an 0-12 mark in the DVL. Since, he said they've been biding their time, waiting for the right person for the job to appear.
Just a week ago, Bosley fell in his lap.
"He's a visionary. He's a builder, and we've had the opportunity to watch him (Bosley) from afar the last few years with his time at Shadow Hills and even before," Campbell said. "We're really impressed with the way he runs and conducts his program. For us, this is really exciting."
The Saints were led this past year with a large group of freshmen and a couple seniors who graduated, leaving Bosley with a very young squad that will likely include several incoming freshmen next season, including his own daughter, Maliyah.
The younger Bosley basketball fanatic has been playing the sport since she was five years old and has aspirations of becoming a Division 1 college player. Just recently, in trying to find the best fit for her high school academic and athletic career, he realized her attending Xavier Prep could be a real possibility.
When he found out he could coach her at the same time, combined with the excitement of a new challenge and an energized support system, taking the Bosley family to the valley's private Jesuit school was a no-brainer.
"My No. 1 goal when I retire is I want to feel like I've helped enough student-athletes make it to the next level," he said. "With Xavier Prep's academics and what I can provide athletically, it was just a match made in heaven."