Remembering Coach Wilson

By: Jim Freeman Email
By: Jim Freeman Email

Knoxville (WVLT) He coached at West High School for years.

However, the late coach Bill Wilson may best be remembered for the one year, last year, that he coached West High's arch rival, the Bearden Bulldogs.

Volunteer TV's Jim Freeman spent much of the day on both schools' campuses and shares with us the "feel" going into tonight's match-up.

Thousands of us have been bracing for tonight's Bearden - West game since April.

But it's a much different emotion than we were feeling last football season when the two long-time rivals were getting set to knock heads.

A season ago, Bearden's football program was pulling itself up by the cleat straps led by one of high school football's master motivators, Bill Wilson.

And pull up, the 'Dogs did.

Then in the spring, Coach Wilson suddenly left us.

It's the loss of this man that has joined two of the unlikeliest Knoxville football programs at the heart in a way only Bill Wilson could.

"Game day always got Bill all excited," said Chris Lindsey, West's Athletic Director. "He always loves to play Bearden. He'd be going around trying to get kids fired up. He'd get jerseys out for all the faculty members to have a game jersey on."

The pre-game ceremony remembering Coach Wilson begins tonight at 7PM at Bearden High.

Tonight at 5:30, we'll catch up with another coach named Bill who coached with and coached against and loved Bill Wilson.

And i'll give you a little hint.

This bill wore jersey number 14 for the orange and white.

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