Bossie also was a great athlete and a military hero. After high school, he put off going to college to serve his country in the Navy. He served with distinction aboard the USS Simms in the south Pacific. After the war, he played football at Morris Harvey in 1948 and 1949.
He was a teacher and coach for more than 40 years. As the head football coach at DuPont High School, he took the Panthers to the 1972 AAA state championship game.
He also had several players who went on to outstanding coaching careers, including Jim Fout, Fred Myers, Benny Hopkins and Neil Hopkins. Another former Bossie disciple, Tim Perry, is one of the best football coaches in Arkansas high school football history.
Bossie also had success as a wrestling coach, leading DuPont to multiple Kanawha Valley Conference championships. Among his top wrestlers were Ken Pritt, Bobby Pritt, Keith Ellison and Kent Sheets. He produced a state champion in Robert Jennings in 1970.
In every sport and in phys ed class, Bossie often took time to teach his students how to looking a classmate in the eye, introducing himself and give a good, firm handshake. It was the first step toward making a good impression and something Good felt the young men should know. Former DuPont, WVU and Rhodes Scholar quarterback Dan Williams says that to this day he thinks of Bossie every time he greets someone with a handshake.
Hopkins recalls that in 1964, after a game with Bluefield, several key Panther players were involved in a party that broke team rules. Hopkins recalled that "on Monday at practice, Coach Bossie read off a list of players and asked them to come up as he called their names. He then said, 'Gentlemen, you are no longer a part of this football program. Get your stuff and get out.' "
Can you imagine that happening today? Parents would storm the principal's office and school board meetings.
We lost former Good and Bossie, but the lessons they taught will live forever.
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