Terry Boss speaks during the PHS Hall of Fame induction ceremony in May. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Philomath native Terry Boss is headed back to professional soccer.

Oregon State University announced Thursday that Boss had stepped down as men’s soccer coach in order to move into a coaching position at the pro level.

“We are grateful for everything Coach Boss has brought to the Oregon State program over the last five years,” Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Barnes said in a story posted at osubeavers.com. “He has helped grow Beaver men’s soccer into a national power, leading the team to the most successful run in program history, while guiding numerous high-character young men through their collegiate experience.”

Boss, who graduated with Philomath High School’s Class of 2000, was a top goalkeeper during his playing days, competing collegiately at Tulsa. He played seven seasons of professional soccer, including three with Major Soccer League’s Seattle Sounders. Concussions led to his retirement in 2011.

Boss, 41, came up through the coaching ranks with stints as an assistant at Tulsa in 2012, Oregon State in 2013 and Virginia from 2014-17, the last two as associate head coach. He returned to the Beavers in 2018 and was named Pac-12 coach of the year after his first season, an honor that he also received in 2021.

“We had the privilege of working with great people and exceptional young men,” Boss said. “We are very proud of what they accomplished during our time together, but more importantly, we are proud of how they achieved those accomplishments. They were brave, they were inclusive, they were together and they worked every day to cultivate their gifts to use them for the good of others. Winning was simply a byproduct of their work, who they are, and what they stand for.”

Terry Boss was twice named Pac-12 coach of the year during his five-year run at Oregon State. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Oregon State had its most successful five-year stretch in program history with Boss at the helm. He posted a record of 49-23-15 and his .649 winning percentage is the best ever recorded by a Beavers men’s soccer coach. Four of OSU’s seven NCAA tournament appearances came under Boss, including postseason berths in each of the last three seasons.

The 2021 season was historic for the program with OSU earning the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and reaching the quarterfinals.

Said Boss, “It breaks our heart to leave a place we love so much, but it is what we feel called to do and we are excited to see this great program continue to climb to new heights.”

Boss was inducted into Philomath High’s Hall of Fame this past May.

The next stop for Boss in the pro ranks has not been announced.

“We know that it has been Terry’s goal to make his way into the professional game and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Barnes said. 

OSU said it will immediately begin a national search for his successor.