Bogucki says time was right to step down

Athletics will still be a big part of Leslie Bogucki’s life, but the coaching side, she’s leaving be

Athletics will still be a big part of Leslie Bogucki’s life, but the coaching side, she’s leaving behind.

“It’s time,” said the most successful coach in the history of Albany High School girls’ basketball. “I’ve enjoyed my run, and it’s time to get into different things. I have parents in Florida, and that’s my first priority, and I have other interests I’d like to pursue.”

Bogucki said she may go into basketball officiating. She already has extensive experience as a high school and college volleyball off­icial, and as a high school lacrosse referee.

“I’m not retiring. I’m not going away,” said the pre-K through sixth-grade physical education teacher at the Albany School of Humanities. “I just won’t be coaching.

“I gave it a good shot, and over the years, I worked with a lot of great girls and a lot of great coaches. Now it’s time for someone else to step up to the plate. We have good people in line.”

Bogucki led the Albany varsity for 18 years, putting together a 214-181 record, and served in the program for 23 years in all. Her 1997 edition led by sisters Becky and Carolyn Gottstein, Jenn Skelly, Ebony Addison and Tyeasha Canty captured the state Class A public school championship and piled up 24 victories.

“It’s something as a coach you dream of,” said Bogucki, whose team that season beat Bethlehem for the school’s first Section II title, topped Corcoran in the regions and then defeated Ursuline and Connetquot in the state final four. “It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I feel fortunate that it happened.”

Albany repeated as Section II champion in 1998 with another win against Bethlehem, a team it had lost to three times earlier that season.

“They were two great years,” Bogucki said. “Those two years were the highlight of my coaching career.”

Bogucki said she’ll now have more time to focus on her acting career in local productions, as well as musicals and talent shows that are staged in alternate years at the Albany School of Humanities. She is also involved in the school’s Jump Rope for Heart, which benefits the American Heart Association.

“We just did that recently and we raised $9,600,” Bogucki said. “In 13 years we’ve raised $120,000. It’s something we’re all proud of.”

Bogucki was a four-sport athlete at Berlin High School, competing in soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball, before attending the College of Sante Fe. She coached junior varsity basketball at Cambridge and directed the Berlin varsity for a year before moving to Albany.

Eleven of her Albany varsity teams had winning records, including five of the last six, after this season’s 12-10 showing. Her 2007-08 edition reached the Section II Class AA semifinals and finished 17-6.

Bogucki’s resume also includes volleyball coaching stints at Albany High and Union College.

Medved resigns

Eric Medved has resigned as Tamarac’s varsity boys’ basketball coach after guiding the Bengals to winning records in three of his four seasons.

Medved’s teams went 49-37, including a 17-5 mark this season, while Tamarac’s four previous teams won just eight of 82 contests. Medved’s 2007-08 edition beat Hudson in a Class B sectional game, 56-37, for the school’s first home postseason win in 40 years.

Tamarac also posted a sectional win over Johnstown this season.

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