August 8, 2006
Albany - Former Westover High basketball coach Willie Boston will be remembered by fans for the six state titles he won including four in a row.
His players though will remember a man who cared more for what they did away from the basketball court.
That is why so many of "Coach B's" former players have returned to Albany for his funeral after Boston died of natural causes last week at the age of 64.
On Tuesday night, former players and friends remembered Willie Boston at a memorial service held in the gym where he recorded many of his 463 career wins.
Boston's influence is perhaps why so many of his former players have gone into coaching so they can make a difference in someone's life the way "Coach B" cared about them.
Dontonio Wingfield, a member of the quad squad (Westover's four consecutive state championship teams) and former NBA player in Portland and Seattle, says Boston was even helping him write on a book on his life story. D
ontonio Wingfield said "If I had to name a positive role model in my life. Coach Boston would be the first name I name. Outside of basketball, he taught he alot of things about life."
Andre Lewis, former player and now an assistant high school coach in Tampa, Florida, said "He is a mentor. He was an inspiration to all. He never had anything negative to say."
Grady Caldwell, former player and head coach at Jones County High School said "Wherever you go in any part of the state of Georgia or any part of the country, you say Coach Boston and anybody affiliated with basketball would know what you are talking about."
Funeral services for Willie Boston are Wednesday afternoon.