A sensational era of St. Pius X boys basketball is coming to an end.
Damian Segura, who led the Sartans to four state championships, is leaving as head coach at the end of this season, the Journal has learned.
“Stepping away,” Segura said Monday, clarifying. Then he added, laughing, “I’m gonna be like Samuel L. Jackson at the end of ‘Pulp Fiction.’ I’m just gonna roam the Earth.”
The 44-year-old Segura is in his 16th season as St. Pius’ head coach. The Sartans won state titles in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.
Associate head coach Ryan Myers, who played at St. Pius and graduated in 2009, will become the new head coach following the season, Segura said.
“He got hit by the coaching bug and he’s going to be fantastic,” Segura said.
Segura was hired as head coach in 2003.
“Over the course of this year … the coaching position became work,” he said. “It’s never been work to come to practice. It’s always been a passion, something I enjoy, something I do out of love for the game and for the players I get to coach.”
Segura said he settled on this decision after this season began.
“It was just time,” he said. “And that’s exactly what I told our guys. It’s 20 years this year that I’ve been at the school and that’s a nice round number. There are other things in life I want to explore and pursue.”
Segura is a cancer survivor, but said his health did not factor into this decision.
The Sartans (11-9) play at Valencia tonight in District 5-4A. His daughter, Karina, plays for the St. Pius girls and her senior night at St. Pius was Monday against Valencia.
“This has been the ride of a lifetime,” said Segura, who is an industrial engineer. “I’m going to miss it very much. Pius is the longest relationship I’ve had outside of my immediate family. But I’ve been blessed. It’s given me way more than I’ve been able to give back.”
Would he someday return to coaching?
“Maybe, maybe not,” he said. “I’ll never close the door on anything.”