One of the longest coaching tenures in the state in any sport has ended, though not in retirement.
Bolling DuBose, who has guided the Jefferson boys’ basketball program for 41 years, will not return to his post next year after meeting with Jefferson principal Kevin Smith and superintendent John Jackson last Thursday about the boys’ basketball program, which had suffered through three straight losing seasons.
DuBose, who came to Jefferson in 1976, did not resign.
“They decided to make a change because they felt like three losing seasons in a row was something we needed to change,” DuBose said.
The 67-year-old DuBose finishes at Jefferson with a career record of 661-481. He won 12 region titles and guided two teams to the Final Four. But the program had slumped to a 20-62 record over the last three years, including a 4-22 mark this past season.
The longtime coach accepted the decision graciously.
“I said I know whatever y’all decide is going to be what y’all think is in the best interest of the kids, and I’m going to totally respect your decision,” he said. “Whether I agree with it or not is irrelevant. That’s not even in the discussion.”
Superintendent John Jackson said he and Smith had a “very up front and cordial meeting” with DuBose concerning his future and that of the program.
“Nobody enjoys dealing with these kind of things, but from time-to-time, you’ve got to deal with the hand that’s dealt to you,” Jackson said.
Similar talks addressing the basketball program had taken place previously.
“This just didn’t come out of the blue,” Jackson said. “We’ve had some conversations in past.”
DuBose said those talks started during the middle of the year.
Jackson said Jefferson’s recent struggles were a major factor in the decision to make a change. All were in agreement that the program would rebound but there wasn’t a consensus on the timetable.
“The fact that the turnaround is somewhere out there but we’re not sure exactly where it is, we thought maybe a new perspective or new blood might cause it to coalesce quicker,” Jackson said.
For more on this story, see the March 8 edition of The Jackson Herald.
Not very happy that Dubose has been forced out at Jefferson. He deserved the right to leave on his own terms, but I knew as the school grew, and outsiders moved into Jefferson, this could happen one day. He's a good man and good coach, he had a very positive influence on my life and I am glad I played for him. Hopefully he is not done coaching yet.
For the first time in its history, it is no longer your father's Jefferson. And that's a shame. But the more new blood you have in the neighborhood the less value is placed on heritage. Winning sports teams have become the priority, as evidenced by that Colloseum that overwhelms the whole campus.
So that is how Jefferson treats someone who has dedicated his life to the students and staff? Do you have any idea how rare it is to keep someone at a high school program for that amount of time?
Unreal. Stay classy J...stay classy.
41 seasons is a pretty long tenure at one school, possibly a record in Georgia. One way or the other, a change was coming. Sure, I can see the sentimental value of this, BUT at the same time, CHANGE WAS NEEDED!