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Story published: 01-02-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Bosken named new Crockett football coach


By Christopher Shields

For the first time in seven seasons, there will be a new face leading the charge for football at David Crockett High School.

Head Coach Ken Green retired from the role following the 2012 season.

Crockett’s search for a new head coach came to an end last week with Athletic Director Josh Kite announcing the hiring of Jeremy Bosken.

Bosken’s arrival at Crockett will be a homecoming of sorts for the former U.S. Marine and Carson-Newman alum. He is returning to an area his family knows well.

“My first coaching job was at Sullivan East under Ralph Nelson,” Bosken said. “I was able to see firsthand how he turned that program around. I was then hired by Scott Smith at Science Hill as the strength coach. I was there for four years and was able to work under Smith and Stacy Carter, who are both great men and great coaches.”

After leaving Science Hill, Bosken joined the staff at York (S.C) High School.

“York plays in Region 3 in South Carolina. Some of the biggest programs in the nation come from there,” Bosken said. “There is a lot D-1 talent and being able to coach in that competitive of an atmosphere is an incredible opportunity.”

York averaged 37 points per game, finished with a 10-3 record and capped off 2012 in the playoffs, just a game away from the state championship. Rivals ranked York as the 56th best team in the nation.

Bosken said he had planned to be at York for a while, but the Crockett job opened up and with his wife being from this area, it was a job he just couldn’t pass up.

When he takes the helm at Crockett, Bosken said his coaching philosophy will center on a high tempo, well-conditioned approach.

“We are looking to change a lot of things,” Bosken said. “We will use a different style of offense and defense and try and get more kids to come out for the team. We want to be the best practice team in the state and move at a high tempo.”

Bosken plans to tailor his offensive and defensive schemes around the strengths of his players, putting just about everyone to work to keep up with the high tempo.

“There will not be as many kids standing on the sidelines,” Bosken said.

Turning around the Pioneer football program will be a tall task for the new coach.

The team has put together just four winning seasons in school history.

“It will definitely be a work in progress,” Bosken said. “Of the places I have been, the center of each program is the importance of practice. I want to push the players and coaches to be the very best they can be.”

Bosken is also optimistic about the influx of talent the Pioneers have and will inherit in the next several seasons.

“The administration at Crockett is very enthusiastic and there is a lot of talent in the eighth and ninth grade class(es),” Bosken said.

Bosken’s first day at the school will be Jan. 22.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Bosken said. “We want to help the community and help it grow and we really want to build something great.”

Bosken and his wife, Alison, have three children — Brady, Bella and Breelyn.

“Although I have been fortunate to coach at some great places, the one thing we really missed was having our family with us,” Bosken said. “We will have that at Crockett.”