Bosken takes over Crockett football
October 14, 2013By Lisa Gosnell of David Crockett High School
Jeff Birchfield, John City Press Sports Writer
Published: December 21st, 2012
From the Halls of Montezuma to the David Crockett football field.
David Crockett High School announced Friday that Jeremy Bosken, a 31-year-old former sergeant in the Marine Corps, has been named as the Pioneers new head football coach.
Bosken, who played collegiality at Carson-Newman, spent two years as an assistant at Sullivan East after his military service.
He spent the next four years as an assistant at Science Hill, serving as strength and conditioning coach, before moving this past year to York (S.C) High School, one of the top rated programs in the Southeast.
While that was a great experience, he and wife Alison are happy to return to the area they call home.
“I know as a family we’re really excited,” Bosken said. “My father-in-law and mother-in-law live next to the school and it’s always a program we’ve looked at the past few years. It’s like, ‘Hey, we would like to get in there and see what we can do.’ It’s a dream come true to have this opportunity.”
Josh Kite, Crockett athletic director, was impressed by Bosken’s enthusiasm and football knowledge, which includes working the past year for Receiver Academy, an organization dedicated to providing wide receivers with the highest level of instruction.
“Jeremy is full of energy and his knowledge of the game is immense,” Kite said. “I feel he will make a big impact on the community. We had some good candidates, but the interview with Jeremy was great. The things I spoke to him about and the things he wants to change and do, it’s the same philosophy that I have. We’re thrilled to have him here.”
Bosken follows Kent Green, who went 19-51 in seven seasons as the Pioneers coach. He knows there are challenges at David Crockett which made its last playoff appearance 12 years ago and has just four winning seasons in 41 years.
Still, there seems to be reason for optimism with a talented freshman class led by this year’s varsity starting quarterback Ryan Burger and a talented eighth-grade class led by Jonesborough Middle School running back T.K. Hill.
In addition, Bosken feels he can call on his own experience of working with coach Ralph Nelson at Sullivan East.
“That was a great experience in itself, to see what he did with East to help turn them around,” Bosken said. “From the seasons they had before, how he turned that program around.”
The Pioneers could become more pass-oriented under Bosken, who played at North Stafford (Va.) High School for head coach Chris Beatty, the all-time leading receiver in ETSU football history.
Later as an assistant coach, Bosken worked extensively with former Science Hill quarterback Justin Snyder, whose 1,910 passing yards and 21 touchdowns his senior season led him to being named Johnson City Press Northeast Tennessee Player of the Year.
Bosken wants to incorporate many of the offensive and defensive philosophies from different coaches he’s worked with. Although multiple sets will be used, some under center and others from the shotgun formation, Bosken is a fan of fast-paced offenses which have been described as basketball on grass.
They fit in perfectly with Bosken’s focus on strength and conditioning. During his time at Science Hill, he and fellow assistant Shorty Adams were famous for a grueling workout which players had to run up the hill behind the Hilltoppers’ practice field. Similarly, Crockett players can expect weight lifting and running to be emphasized as much as X’s and O’s, especially over the first few weeks.
“Whenever you go out and train, that’s when your leaders are developed,” Bosken said. “When someone faces that stress and needs to overcome something, are they going to break down or do they rise to the challenge and embrace the pain? How do they handle that? That’s where you develop your leaders and find out what’s your team is really made of.
“We’re going to hit the ground running and strength and conditioning will be the foothold. We won’t even talk about X’s and O’s for a while. We’re going to be hammering the strength and conditioning program.”