BLOOMINGTON — Micheal Mosley confirmed Friday night that he has resigned as Bloomington High School's head basketball coach after an eight-year run highlighted by a third-place finish in the 2017 Class 3A State Tournament.
"Since the end of the season I went through some things in my mind with what was going on at school," he said. "I went through some things and I thought it was best for me to resign. I recently submitted my dissertation for my doctorate, a dual Ph.D.
"I guess it's at that point in my life where I need to move on."
Mosley, 45, had a 142-91 record at BHS and returned the Purple Raiders to a prominent spot in the Big 12 Conference by featuring a fast-paced style predicated on a pressure defense.
After going 3-26 in his first year as coach in the 2011-12 season, BHS never had another losing season under Mosley. The Raiders tied Peoria Manual, where Mosley played and graduated, for the 2015-16 Big 12 title.
BHS went on to win its first regional in nine years before losing to Manual in the sectional championship game.
The Raiders won their first outright Big 12 championship in 10 years the following season and advanced to the state finals for the first time since 1975. BHS lost to Fenwick in the semifinals before rallying in the fourth quarter to beat Springfield Lanphier for third place.
"When I took the job I said I'm not going to promise we win state; I promise you we're going to have an exciting brand of basketball," said Mosley. "We came close to winning state, and it wasn't our goal. I think we just got to the point where we believed because we had lost regionals before me."
Mosley said "finally getting over the hump and seeing the excitement we brought to the City of Bloomington" was satisfying.
BHS moved up to Class 4A the last two years. The Raiders lost to No. 4-state ranked Danville, 66-64, in the Champaign Centennial Regional championship game last month to complete an 18-12 season that included a fourth-place finish at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. Standout forward Chris Payton, a Southern Illinois recruit, left the team a couple weeks before the season ended.
"I enjoy practice because you lose control during the games," said Mosley. "That's what I'll miss more than anything and seeing them buy into what we do and how we play."
Mosley was an assistant coach at Central Catholic before coming to BHS. He said he'll miss the interaction and friendship with coaches such as the Saints' Jason Welch and Normal Community's Dave Witzig.
Mosley works in information security at State Farm Insurance Company where he has been a security analyst for almost 20 years. His dual Ph.D is from Georgia Tech and the University of Phoenix in computer science and decision management.
"I have a proposal to the independent review board now and am getting ready to interview," he said. "I should be done by September."