Darin Boysen wants to repay a debt.

Boysen was named the executive director of the Nebraska Coaches Association on Thursday. He will work with longtime director Steve Johnsen for six months before taking over the job Jan. 1.

"My roots are in coaching. I was heavily influenced by coaches who affected me deeply as a person," said Boysen, who coached for 16 years before joining the NSAA staff. "Coaching is one of the most noble professions. Teaching is coaching and coaching is teaching. We need to give more coaches more tools to be successful."

Boysen has been an assistant director with the Nebraska School Activities Association. He has been the director of the state wrestling meet and is content manager of the NSAA website. Before joining the NSAA, Boysen coached at North Bend Central, serving as head coach in wrestling and boys golf, and as an assistant coach in football.

Boysen said he's interested in helping the NCA expand its website to help coaches.

"As we get more young coaches involved, we need to do that. People want information and they want it now," he said. "We have to get information to people on a timely basis. As I see it, our Web page has to expand manyfold -- register online, add publications and video content.

"We need to have more resources a click of a button away. We have a tremendous multisports clinic. In my opinion, it's the best in the country. We can build on that and use those resources to get the knowledge out."

Boysen said he thinks the six-month period he gets to work with Johnsen will be valuable.

"Hopefully, it will take some pressure off Steve, and more importantly, make the transition smooth. I know I won't get lost driving to my new job," Boysen said.

The NCA offices are in the NSAA building.

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