Nancy Boone looks ahead to life after coaching

Clark College women's basketball coach resigns

By Greg Jayne, Columbian opinion editor

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Nancy Boone has plans. Big plans.

“I’m going to play golf,” said Boone, who resigned last week as women’s basketball coach at Clark College. “Work on my golf game, if the weather ever clears up.”

Boone, who coached the Penguins for six years, said it was time for her to take a break from coaching after 35 years at the high school, club, and college levels.

“I’m not having fun anymore. And I’m tired,” the 59-year-old said. “Good season, good kids, but I wasn’t having fun.”

Boone guided Clark to 21-8 record this year, including a 13-3 mark and second-place finish in the NWAACC West Division.

The season marked a continuation of the Penguins’ improvement since a 4-20 record in Boone’s first season. Clark’s win totals in division play during her six years: 4, 6, 7, 11, 11, 13.

Boone’s departure leaves Clark searching for two head basketball coaches. Men’s coach Mike Arnold was informed last week that his contract will not be renewed despite a just-completed 25-4 season.

“For me, it was the right thing,” Boone said. “I’m very comfortable. It’s time to take care of me for a change. I even had some thoughts about it last year, but I had some kids coming back.”

Boone will continue to work at Hudson’s Bay High School, where she teaches physical education. She coached girls basketball at Bay before taking the job at Clark.

But she’s looking forward to a summer free of recruiting players and working basketball camps.

“I haven’t seen my sisters in about 13 years, since my mom died,” said Boone, who has family in Virginia. “I think I’ll pack up my truck and pack my fishing pole and drive cross across the country.”

Maybe even find a golf course or two along the way.