(LIBERTY, Mo.) When folks watch someone that seems to feed off the coaching bug, especially one that's built a long resume of success, retirement might never seem to be an option.
Chuck Borey is in that boat.
"There have been several people that didn't believe it," he said. "I had told some of my closer coaching friends that I was really thinking about giving it up and retiring from coaching. They said: 'Aw, you'll never do that.'"
The longtime Worth County football coach did choose to hang it up in March in order to focus on his new role as assistant principal at the high school.
"I like to try to be successful in the things I do. If was going to try to commit to being assistant principal, I felt I needed to commit all my time to that position. That was the main reason why."
Saturday's 8-Man Senior All-Star Game at William Jewell College marked the swan song for a man who's been so influential on the game in Northwest Missouri.
He shared the sideline with his last batch of seniors and fellow coaches that have played the Tigers to some memorable finishes during his 20-year tenure.
"We've taken a few beatings from him," said Dan Collins, head coach at Stanberry, which suffered its only loss of 2012 to Worth County. "Overall it's been pretty competitive games. It's been kind of a roller coaster ride but I think he's got the advantage in the wins column."
"I always knew it'd be a great challenge. We just got fortunate a couple times we played them to have good situations come out in our favor," Mound City head coach Brian Messer added.
After 16 years at the healm for Tigers, Borey's influence goes beyond five state championships or any other in-game achievements.
"He really has been a pillar for 8-Man football. He started this [All-Star] game, this tradition. I look up to him for a lot of reasons."
Six-year assistant Chris Healy will take over for the Tigers, but Borey says he could still be a regular sight on game night.
"I definitely won't be making any decisions or in the locker room or out on the practice field," he said. "But, if he needs me to do a few things on game night, it's possible I'll do that."
Lending a hand is one thing, but not seeing him draw up x's and o's for the first time in two decades is something that will take a while to get used to.
"It's going to a be a little adjustment; a different atmosphere without him being on the field this year," Collins said. "Worth County's had a successful program before he's been there and since he's been there. I'm sure they'll continue to do the same."
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