By JOE CANNON
Shockwaves were sent throughout the Bradley County wrestling community Thursday with the announcement a 12-time state championship program has an unexpected vacancy at the helm.
After a decade with the Cleveland High wrestling program, including the past 10 months as the Blue Raider head coach, Josh Bosken abruptly resigned his teaching and coaching positions.
An email release from the Cleveland City Schools’ main office at 3:01 p.m. Thursday, stated:
“Mr. Josh Bosken, Cleveland City Schools teacher and Head Wrestling Coach at Cleveland High School, has tendered his resignation from our district effective on Friday, May 26, 2017. Dr. (Russell) Dyer (director of schools) thanks Mr. Bosken for his contributions in the classroom and to our stellar wrestling program and wishes him all the best in his future professional endeavors. Mrs. Autumn O’Bryan, principal of Cleveland High School, will launch a search for the next Head Coach for Cleveland High School Wrestling in the near future. Cleveland City Schools will have no other comment regarding this resignation.”
While the school system declined any further comment on the circumstances surrounding the resignation and Bosken did not return a phone call and text requesting information, a key Cleveland High benefactor did offer a statement.
“The circumstance at the high school (that led to his resignation) was not one involving moral turpitude with any of the students. We are hoping the coach will return to the Kids Club, where he did such a fine job,” said local businessman and Raider wrestling enthusiast Allan Jones.
Along with his duties with the high and middle school teams, Bosken spent much of his career working with local youth through the Higher Calling Wrestling…