It was a tough meeting for Scott Bork late Tuesday afternoon.
That’s when the Neenah boys’ basketball coach told his players that he was stepping down after 13 years in the program, including the last three as head coach.
“It was tough,” Bork said of the meeting with players. “Some of the kids were seniors this year and some of the kids on the team this year, as well as the kids that were going to be on our JV and some that would have moved up this next year. You have a connection with all those kids.”
Bork said the decision was health-related. He added that he plans to remain as a math teacher at Horace Mann middle school in Neenah.
“I had some health concerns,” he said. “There were some things that happened during the second game of the year, actually, that was primarily stress-related. I feel fine now and felt fine all season, but I needed to alleviate some of the stress to kind of help ensure that my long-term health is OK.
“There’s a lot of stress and pressure in a job like this. A lot of it is my fault, stuff you do and you put it on yourself. But there’s a lot of it that’s just going to be there. And at the end of the day, while it was an extremely tough decision, it’s a decision I had to make for my family.”
Bork finished with a 64-12 record in his three seasons as head coach. He was also an assistant for 10 years under previous head coaches Scott Anderson,and Aaron Shaw.
Neenah advanced to the WIAA Division 1 state title game in March of 2014, losing to Germantown 48-42. The Rockets finished that season with a 26-2 overall.
Adam, the Rockets’ four-year starter who was the starting point guard on that Division 1 state runner-up team and now plays at St. Leo’s in Florida, said that it was a “sad day.”
“Everything he has done for this program is unbelievable,”said. “The countless hours he has put in to make this program, community and school what it is today is astonishing. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to play for during my four years at Neenah.”
Neenah activities director Natesaid that the Neenah players became “better men because of his leadership.”
“We can’t thank him enough,”said. “It was a tough decision for coach Bork and we just wanted to thank him so much for all his fine years of service and for all that he’s done for all the student-athletes. On top of all the wins, it was also the character building he did with this program. He was always teaching the guys to give back to the community. They always represented us well.”
added that the district will post the job within the next few days and the hope is to have the new coach hired within the next month.
“Obviously we’ll be putting a hiring committee together and we will look forward to the candidates that will apply for the position,”said. “We’ll take a good look with how they fit with our program and vision and go from there.”
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