By CAROL DAWSON
The Extra Miler
Coach Bostock believes youth sports should go beyond winning. Specifically, participating in sports should be about the life lessons learned on the court, field, gym, or in the swimming pool. Now, more than ever, Scott Bostock, our Extra Miler for October, knows how important lessons learned through sports can benefit our youth.
Scott and his siblings were raised on Southern Indiana ball fields, as their father, the late Marvin Bostock Sr., spent considerable time as a volunteer coach. Scott’s brother, Marvin, explained their formative years were spent, “eating ballpark dust and wearing gym sweat at a very early age.” Marvin Sr.’s volunteering spirit was passed along to his children.
Scott was recommended as an Extra Miler by Sarah Teegarden and her daughter, Sammi, who plays volleyball for Silver Creek High School. Sarah said Coach Bostock should be recognized predominately because of the positive impact he has with our youth in the volleyball community. Sarah said, “Scott has influenced many girls with his knowledge and love for volleyball. He is a charismatic guy and when he walks into a gym, the young people run to him.”
Marvin also had no difficulty describing his brother as an Extra Miler. He stated, “My brother has always been very driven and his work ethic is second to none. This was evidenced when he became the head volleyball coach at Clarksville High School. He turned a perennial losing program into a force to be reckoned with and I believe that happened because he simply outworked most other coaches and the players respected him.”
Scott’s mother, Jean Bostock, said that Scott has always been a caring and kind person, even as a child. “At a very young age he was extremely outgoing and friendly. Other children, including his younger siblings, just wanted to be near him…Scott makes others feel they are valued.”
Jean also talks about the many caring things Scott does for her. Scott calls each day to check on his mother and never hangs up without expressing his love. Jean clarified, “Scott is just a soft hearted and caring guy and I’m blessed to have him, and all of my family, in my life.”
Scott’s close friend, Brent Falcone, believes Scott is the epitome of an Extra Miler — someone who does good things in life, without looking for applause or personal reward. Brent stated, “Scott coached my oldest daughter about seven years ago and I quickly got to know and admire him. He immediately struck me as having a special skill, not only the technical knowledge of volleyball, but his positive influence with our young people.”
Brent explained further, “Scott has a heart for our youth and even when they lose a game, he makes them feel good about their effort and encourages them to pick themselves up and work harder.” People naturally gravitate toward Scott as the kind of person others want to emulate, he said.
Scott wants all of his players to walk away from every game feeling good about themselves. He said, “This is a game so I want them to compete hard, but it is also important they learn the lessons of life — being respectful of your teammates and competitors, taking pride in yourself and your accomplishments, playing fair, and being grateful to your parents for the sacrifices they make for you.”
Scott does seem to have one possible flaw that appears to have become more of a trademark. Apparently he is somewhat color blind and selects some very strange garments of clothing to wear for practice and volleyball matches. Brent stated, “He just doesn’t seem to notice the difference between stripes, plaids and various colors. He may wear a neon green shirt with orange plaid pants and somehow he pulls it off.” When confronted with this accusation, Scott laughed and replied, “I am color blind, so the bright colors make me happy and they seem to make others happy, because they sure do laugh about it when I walk into a gym.”
Scott and his bride, Sherri, have been married for 35 years. Sherri described her husband as always being happy. She said, “Scott hugs and loves everyone and because of this, he is like a people magnet. He also inspires people around him to be better human beings.” As Sherri was thinking about her response to one word that describes our Extra Miler, another relative was quick to respond. Scott’s 14-year-old granddaughter, Kenzie Summers, exclaimed, “He is a hero to me and to a lot of people. My Papa is my amazing and perfect hero.” Scott has coached Kenzie’s volleyball teams and the two are extremely close.
Everyone interviewed struggled with providing one word to describe Scott. Brent said Scott was “positive” but added, “One word does not do justice to all that he represents.” His mother thought for a moment and said, “He is just the best — really he is the best son, the best brother, the best father, the best grandfather, the best coach, and the best friend to all who know him.”
Lately, Scott has had to work a bit harder for his smile and positive attitude. He has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is an incurable form of brain cancer. Also, other family members have been diagnosed with cancer, including his wife, who is a recent survivor of breast cancer. His friends and family are amazed at Scott’s resilience and attitude about dealing with and fighting the cancer. When asked his prognosis, Scott stated, “This disease is terminal, but there are varying factors that influence my timeline, but I can tell you this, if I live only through the night, I know I am leaving the court as a winner.”
Coach Scott Bostock may have started coaching years ago to encourage his daughter, Megan, in volleyball at Clarksville High School, but his passion for the game quickly flared as he discovered he could also be a mentor to the players. He went on to coach traveling and organizational sporting teams, devoting hundreds and possibly thousands of hours to the game.
Teaching girls in our community technically how to play volleyball isn’t even the best of what this coach has to offer. This gentle and loving man teaches his players life skills they will take with them throughout life…grace, kindness, work ethics, respect, gratitude…and when it all comes together, he also teaches them how to be winners.
Scott, thank you for being an Extra Miler for Southern Indiana.
• Extra Miler Tip of the Month: Coach Bostock’s favorite quote is from Forest Witcraft, “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Scott wants people to realize our time on earth is best served when given to improve the life of a child, as an educator, mentor, or coach. All generations benefit when our children are happy and confident.
— Carol A. Dawson is a resident of Jeffersonville and owner of EEO GUIDANCE, Inc. If you have seen or been a part of an act of kindness or know an EXTRA MILER, please contact her. To submit an Extra Miler, a story, or act of kindness, contact Carol via email: Cdawson@eeoguidance.com, mail: THE EXTRA MILERS, The News-Tribune, 221 Spring Street Jeffersonville, IN 47130-3340.