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Local coaches remember a legend

August 3, 2006

Albany - When Willie Boston stepped down as the Westover High boys basketball coach five years ago, he said not many coaches get to go out a winner.

 Boston is certainly being remembered as a winner on and off the court after his sudden death Thursday at the age of 64.  

Willie Boston led the Patriots to six state titles in a 12 year span including four in a row.

A feat that had only been accomplished one other time in Georgia high school basketball history.

 Perhaps the biggest reason for the Patriots success during that run was they were pushed by the other three teams in the city.

During that same 12 year span, Dougherty won two state titles and Monroe made a final four appearance and an Albany High team coached by Archie Chatman lost not once but twice to Boston's Patriots in the state championship game. '

Chatmon says the Albany's dominance in high school basketball during the 1990's was due in large part of Willie Boston's willingness to share his knowledge of the game.

Chatmon "He was one of those that all of us looked up to. He always had some encouragement for you. It didn't matter that you were trying to beat him, he was always trying to help you get better."

 Willie Boston led Westover to 436 wins in 22 years as the Patriots head coach and had a winning record in 20 of those seasons.  

After retiring at Westover, Willie Boston coached one season at Tallahassee's Godby High School in 2003.      

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