BY COLLIN BROOKS
Jeremy Bosken has resigned as David Crockett High School football coach. Bosken turned in his resignation letter to the system earlier this week and his last day with the system will be January 2.
Bosken has accepted a position as offensive coordinator at Cleveland High School, under second year head coach Scott Cummings. Bosken helped the Pioneers qualify for four playoff berths — with two appearances during his first season and last season at the helm.
The fourth year coach — who complied a 20-20 record during his time at Crockett — said it wasn’t an easy decision to leave a community that he loves.
“It’s been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life, relationship wise and from an administrative aspect. Being part of a community and seeing it grow over the last four years has been special.” Bosken said. “It’s something that we don’t want to leave behind, but it is just kind of time for the next chapter.”
The move will put Bosken closer to his mother and brother — who is the head wrestling coach at Cleveland High School
Besides the family aspect, Bosken said that being able to learn under a coach like Cummings — who took Knox West to the state championship contest in 2014 — was something he couldn’t pass up.
“They just moved up to 6A and he and the school system are looking to build a program, so it was a good fit,” Bosken said.
Bosken has had 17 assistants during his four seasons at Crockett, as he hasn’t been able to hire an assistant during his time.
“There hasn’t been one teaching position where we have been able to hire a coach,” Bosken said. “And that is what is kind of tough and wearing on me and my wife. We are really having to do every aspect of the program, from fundraising to scrubbing the locker room floor with coach Lewis or scrubbing the uniforms.”
Bosken said there were a lot of people that helped him during his time, mentioning how unbelievably supportive the community has been. He also said that the relationships he built with other Pioneer coaches like Jamey Anderson, John Good, Todd Parker, LeAnn Rowe, Mark Jennings, Carla Weems and Jill Daves will last a lifetime.
“I’d like to thank Andy Hare — who took the chance of hiring me — and school board members like Chad Williams, Todd Ganger, Coach (Clarence) Mabe, they have been extremely supportive since day one,” Bosken said. “Mrs. Halliburton has been absolutely amazing, she has been one of the best superintendents that I have ever worked for.”
Washington County Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton also spoke highly of the now former David Crockett coach.
“From what I have been told in the community and researching myself, he has turned around that football program at Crockett,” she said. “So there are some people that you look at and you wonder ‘If you really left us, could I replace you?’ And people will say that all the time that people are replaceable and I just don’t think that.
“A Jeremy Bosken is not replaceable. Can we find an excellent quality person now that he has set this program in the right direction, absolutely… So we will be looking for someone will that same energy and same drive.”
Halliburton said that the job would be posted immediately after Bosken made the announcement to his players and the position will be filled after his last day.
It wasn’t an easy decision for Bosken and his family, but he said it was something he had to do.
“We really hate to leave the community, we really believe that once a Pioneer, always a Pioneer and on our bye week we will be up here and we will be checking the scores to see how our guys are doing,” Bosken said. “This was just an opportunity that my family and I couldn’t pass up.”