When Darren Corpus took over as the Borah coach in 2011, the Lions hadn’t posted a winning season since 1995.
It didn’t take long for Corpus to get the Lions back in the win column.
Borah finished 5-4 in Corpus’ first season, and the Lions added winning seasons in 2012 and 2015. He helped the Lions return to the playoffs in 2012 for the first time since 2001.
“Coach Corpus always knew what to say,” said receiver Chris Hugon, who was voted the team’s 2015 MVP. “He was an incredible coach and never once doubted us as a team, which really made him a special person and coach to me.”
In five seasons, Corpus compiled a record of 24-23, including 6-4 and a playoff berth this season. He announced his resignation Friday afternoon.
“The reasons are many, but the one that fits is it’s the right time,” Corpus said. “We have accomplished much over the last five years.”
Corpus was the West Junior High ninth-grade coach for 23 seasons before taking over at Borah. His overall coaching record is 153-59 — a winning percentage of 72 percent, which includes 30 years in the Treasure Valley and 32 years overall.
“Obviously the ultimate goal is a state title, and for sure we wish we would have won a state title, but there’s time,” Corpus said. “One of the main goals we accomplished was hiring young, enthusiastic and building coaches.
“These coaches love the game, they know the game, and they want to be around it for a long time. To me, that was probably the most important thing that I wanted to have happen other than changing the culture at Borah High School.”
Borah Athletic Director Vince Mann said the search for Corpus’ replacement is underway.
“We have a great staff, and I am sure that it will be given some serious thought,” Corpus said. “I sure hope that the next head coach comes from this current Borah staff.”