In the very first edition of the Philomath Express, published Jan. 7, 2015, one of my feature stories was about Terry Boss and the national championship he had been a part of as an assistant with the Virginia men's soccer program.
We had a cross-country phone interview and since I'm careful to keep my old notes, I had to look up what he had told me in December 2014 when we talked. I was getting ready this morning to write a story about Terry taking over as the new head men's soccer coach at Oregon State.
Here's what he said about how he ended up at Virginia.
"I actually knew the coach that I replaced; he took at job at Penn State," Boss told me. "He called me when I was still at Oregon State. I had only been at OSU for a year, so I was not actively looking. I enjoyed my time at Oregon State but I went out and did my due diligence and took a look at it."
Boss was referring to Michael Behonick, who ended up staying at Penn State for two seasons before accepting a job at rival Pitt.
"It's one of the few places that I would've left Oregon State for," Boss said. "The opportunity to come and be a part of history and potentially win a national championship was very much a part of the decision of leaving a place that I really enjoyed."
I think an interesting part of our conversation revolved around how he relates to players. I've seen this in other sports, and it tends to be especially true with recruiting, but coaches that can really make a connection with players often see success.
"I felt pretty lucky to have as a player really good coaching role models that helped me make that transition earlier," Boss said about his evolution from player to coach. "The thing as a player — and me and my brother (former NFL standout Kevin Boss), we talk about this — don't forget what it's like to be a player.
"The understanding that pressure is built into the game and as a coach, it's your job to take it off ... just being able to relate to them and understand what they're going through. When you can relate, I think it helps get the most out of your players."
Welcome back, Coach Boss. And best of luck for success with the Beavers.