Buffington steps down as Helias hoops coach

Helias will have a new basketball coach next season after Josh Buffington's decision to step down. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY -- Josh Buffington has resigned as head basketball coach at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City.

The surprise announcement was released Thursday morning by Helias President Father Stephen Jones.

The 41-year old Buffington spent the past ten years leading the Crusader basketball program, winning 195 games and seven district titles. He also guided Helias to three appearances at the Final Four.

"I love the game. I love to coach. I love to compete. I will still find a way to stay involved in sports," Buffington wrote in his resignation letter.

His choice to leave coaching is a family decision, something he's been thinking about the last few years.

"I love working with young men. However, I am ready to focus purely on my own 3 children. The world ahead of them is not easy socially, athletically or educationally. Life has become so advanced and accelerated for young people these days, and I want every minute I can have with my wife and three children."

Buffington also said he does not support a trend he sees in high school sports.

"I was coached and taught to show tough love, intensity, and no politics...In my strong opinion, in this era of parenting styles, leadership styles, guilty until proven innocent philosophies, and social media will continue to be a grinding task to coach and mentor with a certain style."

Buffington spent 17 years as a basketball coach, beginning his career at New Bloomfield High School. He also served as an assistant coach at Missouri Baptist University and then head coach at School of the Osage before his tenure at Helias.

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