May 24, 2012
Michigan State baseball volunteer assistant coach Jake Boss Sr. has announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Boss told the team following the regular-season finale last Saturday on Senior Day at McLane Baseball Stadium.
Boss, who is a member of the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has been a volunteer assistant with the Spartan program since his son, Jake Jr., was hired as head coach in the summer of 2008. As a member of the MSU staff, Boss has helped the Spartans to 129 wins the past four years, including a share of the 2011 Big Ten regular-season championship.
"It's been a thrill and a dream come true to coach with my dad," said Michigan State head coach Jake Boss Jr. "I know a lot of sons are jealous and wish they had the same opportunity. He not only knows more about the game of baseball than anyone I've ever met, he's also my best friend. He will be missed, but he'll also still be around the program, and hopefully for many more games this season."
"He's like a second father to all of us," said junior second baseman Ryan Jones. "He knows this game, and he knows how to teach it to us. He's really special to every single one of us. He knows how to cheer you up when you're down, and he keeps you up when you're up. He's a real good coach, and a real good friend too. He's going to be missed a lot."
Boss has been coaching for 45 consecutive years ever since his first coaching position in 1967. He has served in several capacities at high schools in the Greater Lansing area, most recently serving as head coach at Lansing Catholic Central from 2002-2008. While directing the Cougars, Boss collected six district Coach of the Year honors and two regional and conference Coach of the Year awards.
Prior to leading Catholic Central, Boss earned valuable collegiate experience at Alma College and Eastern Michigan. He served as an assistant coach at Alma from 1999-2001 and at Eastern Michigan from 1996-1999.
Boss got his first head coaching job in 1973 at Lansing Everett High School where he enjoyed great success for more than 20 years. He coached the Vikings through the 1996 season and collected numerous honors in the process, earning conference coach of the year seven times (1976, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992 and 1996), district coach of the year four times (1982, 1986, 1987 and 1992) and regional coach of the year three times (1987, 2005 and 2008).
Boss' combined 29 years of head coaching experience netted more than 500 wins and he was inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994. He won three Diamond Classics, seven conference titles, 10 district championships, three regional crowns and one MIAA championship with Alma College.
Boss' success as head coach and his extensive knowledge of the game have also been recognized by Major League Baseball organizations over the past 25 years. He served as Associate Major League Scout for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1983-1996 and most recently as an associate scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He was inducted into the Greater Lansing Hall of Fame in 2009.