The timing is not ideal, but the Okanagan Sun have begun a search for a new head coach.
Jamie Boreham, who took the job in December of 2018, told the team over the last 24 hours he would be stepping down, effective immediately.
"Coach Boreham has stated that at this time he needs to focus his time on his young family and is no longer able to provide the 100 per cent dedication the position requires," the Sun stated in a brief news release Thursday.
"The team thanks coach Boreham for his tireless effort over the last three years and wishes him the best moving forward enjoying more time with his family."
Under Boreham, the Sun went 12-6 in the regular season, and compiled a 1-2 record in the playoffs. They came within a single point of finishing first in the BCFC this past season.
Sun GM Nat Nagy says he understands Boreham's reasoning, saying he was in the same position having a newborn a few years ago.
"I do understand how priorities shift," said Nagy.
The priority now is to find a new head coach as quickly as possible with a new season fast approaching.
"If we had more time, we would do a standard coaching call and post the position," said Nagy.
But, since that's not the case, he says the organization is working on a list of candidates they believe may be interested in the job.
At this point, we are trying to do what's best for the current roster.
"We have a really good team right now, so we're trying to find a faster than usual solution that suits both the players and the team."
They will look at coaches within the current staff as well as some external possibilities but, given the timing, Nagy doesn't expect it would be realistic to look for someone who may have to relocate to the valley.
Nagy says the team will re-evaluate things at the end of the season and determine what direction they want to go in long-term.