For the second time in 16 months, Michael Bozeman has stepped down as girls' basketball coach at Bishop McNamara High to take a women's college assistant coaching job. This time, Bozeman won't be going far; he has accepted a position at George Washington and began working Monday.

Bozeman returned to McNamara to guide the Mustangs in the 2004-05 season, following a four-month stint as an assistant coach at Fordham University. Bozeman took the Fordham job in April 2004. He left the position the following September, citing the long hours and travel that kept him from his wife and five daughters.

Bozeman said coaching at GW is a better fit because he does not have to relocate his family. He also said he is excited about joining the Colonials and working for Coach Joe McKeown. The Colonials finished 23-9 last season and were runners-up for the Atlantic 10 championship, earning their 12th NCAA tournament berth.

"It was a no-brainer," Bozeman said. "The way the job was presented to me, it felt right. I'm very excited. It's the best of the both worlds. My kids don't have to be uprooted and I remain in a supportive situation with my friends and family."

In six seasons under Bozeman, the Mustangs advanced to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference final twice, capturing the title in 2003. McNamara won 56 consecutive games over the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons and was the top-ranked high school girls' team in the country for most of the 2003-04 season.

-- Judith Evans