Jason LawrenceSports EditorHeadline: University, community mourn the loss of coach after sudden death
Bearcat Nation must join University president John Jasinski in saying, “Goodbye papaBearcat,” to Scott Bostwick a day after hosting his first youth
camp as head footballcoach.Bostwick, 49, died of a heart attack Sunday morning on his front lawn while mowing thegrass.
Jasinski, athletic director Wren Baker, former coach Mel Tjeerdsma and Bostwick‟s
coaching staff gathered in Lamkin Activity Center Sunday night to mourn coach
Bostwick‟s death and share details and stories of the charismatic coach with local media.
"It's a tough day," Tjeerdsma said. "It's a day we weren't expecting. We're all hurtingright now. Just like Wren said and Dr. Jasinski said, we're all Bearcats. We're family, andthat's what's going to get us through. Our focus right now is on family and everything wecan do to help them.
“He cared about the guys he was working with. He loved Maryville, he loved Northwest.
He was always
While the mourning has just begun for a man that nearly everyone in Maryville held inhigh regard, the process was started with a team meeting around 1 p.m. on Sunday.Coaches and players sat around for an hour telling stories of coach Bostwick while doing
their best to process the state of shock and “laughed and cried as we took turns talkingabout coach Bostwick, what he stood for and what he meant to each of us,” Baker said.
“We could have stayed for four or five more (hours) telling stories,” defensivecoordinator Rich Wright said. “We all have a good coach Bostwick story, or 20. He wasan amazing person and I don‟t think he realized how many people he touched.”
After the meeting, social media sites were flooded with statuses and tweets about thecoach from not only players, but faculty and fans as well. Everyone had something
positive to say and Bostwick was on every Bearcat‟s mind.
“We are continually awestruck by Bearcat Nation,” Jasinski said. “…The outpouring of
support has been simply Bearcat-
esque. It‟s been family.”
The press conference was strewn together in the same unexpected fashion of the coach‟s
passing.The lobby of Lamkin was full of long faces, all bearing the same bewildered expression
of, “Please tell me this is just a bad dream,” while many fought back tears.