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Sun Prairie's Sam Kerr (13) fouls Verona's Kwan Clements (30) on a drive to the basket during the first half of a game at Verona High School in Verona, Wis., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. M.P. KING -- State Journal

Alan Buss said Tuesday night that he has resigned as Verona boys basketball coach.

He plans to continue in his job as an associate principal at Verona High School, a new position for Buss at the school this year.

The Wildcats finished 8-15 this season, falling in a regional semifinal to Beloit Memorial 82-68 to close their season. Verona finished 5-13 and in eighth place in the Big Eight Conference.

Alan Buss’ son, Nathaniel Buss, was the team’s top scorer. Nathaniel Buss has orally committed to play men’s basketball at MATC, Alan Buss confirmed.

According to information he provided the State Journal Tuesday night, Alan Buss was 213-162 from 2001-17 at Verona and 238-182 overall. He was 25-20 at Beloit Catholic High School from 1987-89.

He commented that his record “is secondary to all the great players I coached and coaches I worked with.”

He led Verona to three WIAA state tournament appearances in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Verona made its first state tournament appearance in 2006. He also led Beloit Catholic to a WISAA state tournament appearance in 1989.  

Buss took teams to 10 regional championships and one conference title (the Badger South Conference in 2006). 

Buss is a 1979 graduate of Reedsburg High School and 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

Verona athletic director Mary Kryka said Buss' new job this school year and the time commitment required for the job made coaching more difficult. 

"He will be missed," Kryka said Wednesday. "He has done a tremendous job working with our program."

The job has been posted and will remain posted until filled, Kryka said.

Kryka said he hopes to have it filled by the end of May. 

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.