Mosson announces retirement: Hornets’ boys’ basketball coach leaves after sectional championship season
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 8:00 pm
BY JIMMY GILLISPIE firstname.lastname@example.org
After three years at the helm and coaching Rossville’s boys’ basketball team to its first sectional in 12 years, Dave Mosson has announced his retirement at the school’s athletic banquet Wednesday night.
Less than a week after the Hornets finished their season with a loss in the Class A regional, Mosson retired from his position. His retirement from coaching has yet to be approved by the Rossville School Board, but he said it’s a decision he’s thought about the past year.
“I kind of made the decision after I talked to this year’s seniors,” Mosson said. “I decided to come back for one more year. It just got verified shortly after the regional.
“I had a great time this season with the kids I had,” he added. “It was a strange year with the rescheduling and stuff, but the kids were great. I’m ecstatic that I came back.”
Mosson was the head boys’ coach for the past three seasons. He amassed a 36-33 record during those three years. Before becoming the varsity boys’ coach, he spent time as the boys’ junior varsity, girls’ varsity and middle school coach at Rossville, where he graduated high school in 1969.
The Hornets won their first sectional since 2002 this year. They were led by four seniors, three of whom started for the Hornets, and two juniors who played the majority of the minutes. They won the Tri-Central Sectional before losing to Lafayette Central Catholic in the Frankfort Regional.
“It’s always been a dream to coach varsity at Rossville,” Mosson said. “Three years ago, the opportunity presented itself so I jumped at the chance. At the time, I think I said something like I wish I would have been 20 years younger and had a little more time at it. Originally, the seniors were sophomores and I thought if I could go three years that would be great and anything beyond that would be icing on the cake.
“As the years went along, I decided to see these seniors through graduation and then get out,” he added. “I said last night that if you keep saying you want to see these kids graduate and then you want to see the next kids graduate, you’ll never retire. At some point you have to cut the umbilical cord and this is the year I’m going to do it. I really love my juniors and we have good kids coming up through the system from the freshman up. They will be great kids to coach, but it’s time to move on and do something else.”
Mosson still remains a teacher at Rossville. He hasn’t decided if he’s going to continue teaching or just enjoy retirement.
“I haven’t decided that yet,” Mosson said. “That’s still up in the air.”