He enjoyed four very satisfying years with some young men he loved.
He hopes those relationships will continue for the rest of his life.
It just won’t take place on the field any more.
Jason Bibza recently resigned as head coach of the Aurora boys soccer team. Bibza led the Greenmen to a 13-5-1 record and a trip to the Kent Division II district title game.
Thanks to Bibza’s leadership, the Greenmen reached the Division II state semifinals in 2017. The team also reached a Division I district final in 2016.
Bibza, who led the boys team to a 52-19-7 record, said the demands of his job played a role in his decision.
"The job is a big one with demands that are year-round," he said. "Some people may think the job is about power, but really, it is about service.
"Last year, I ran clinics for our youngest soccer players at 4 and 5 years-old. I ran skill sessions for first grade through fifth grade. I coached travel teams for 7- to 9-year-olds. I hosted a summer camp, Friday festivals and dragonball for the kids in our community.
"The high school athletes needed speed and strength training throughout the offseason and the whole summer we spent playing friendlies and attending tournaments.
"And then the three-month season started. All told, it is quite a task to run a quality program so that our varsity team can consistently be successful. I loved doing all of that, but it does take its toll on me and my family."
Aurora athletic director Paul Powers said the process has started to find Bibza’s replacement.
"We would like to thank Jason for his time with the soccer program," Powers said. "He has done many things to make the program what it is today, a successful, respected program in Northeast Ohio."
Bibza will continue teaching mathematics at Aurora High School. He has been teaching at Aurora for 21 years.
Bibza was an assistant coach with the Greenmen boys soccer team from 1999-2004. He was the head coach of Aurora’s girls soccer team from 2005-13. Bibza led the girls team to a 92-49-21 record.
The longtime coach doesn’t plan to stray too far away from the pitch. He will continue to follow his former players as they strive to continue their success on the pitch.
"I told my players that I have loved being their coach," Bibza said. "We have a fantastic group of players and parents here in Aurora. They are a pleasure to coach.
"I wish I could continue to go fight for a state championship with our returning juniors and sophomores, but the overall effect of this job does not give me a healthy balance for life. I really expect the team to be strong next year and they would be a joy to coach. I will continue to support the boys in any way that I can."
Bibza has not completely closed the door on his coaching career. As of now, he’ll put that task on hold.
"I am ready to pass the baton after four years for someone else to continue to help our team to be successful," Bibza said. "I want to find a way to continue coaching. It is still what I love to do, but I want more flexibility to be with my family."
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