Coach Jeremy Bosken a great catch for NFA
NFA has built a national reputation for developing young quarterbacks to play at the collegiate and NFL levels. NFA also provides high-level training for football players at other positions, including wide receiver.
Launched in 2010 with the help of D.J. McCarthy, currently the wide receivers coach at Bethune-Cookman and formerly receivers coach at LSU and a collegiate player at Washington, WRA camps continue to thrive. Give Jeremy Bosken a big assist in that regard.
A former collegiate wide receiver at Carson-Newman, Bosken thrives on teaching young football players how to excel at the key skill position. “I love it,” Bosken said. “I love the off-season workouts, I love helping kids get recruited. I love the whole process, watching kids develop and trying to make their dreams come true. I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”
In addition to his work with NFA-WRA, Bosken is the Head Coach at David Crockett High School in Jonesboro, Tenn. He took over in 2013 and was faced with the daunting challenge of turning around a program that made the playoffs just once in the school’s 42-year history.
Before moving to David Crockett, Bosken was the Offensive Coordinator at York Comprehensive High School in South Carolina, and he helped the Cougars finish with a 10-3 record in 2012 while ranking second in the state in total offense.
“Coming here (David Crockett), everybody I talked to told me it was probably the dumbest decision I could make,” Bosken said. “But my wife and I, we prayed about it. I know from the outside looking in, it wasn’t the best situation. But we felt like it was really what God had planned for us. This is where he wanted us to be and it’s been some of the best times I’ve had coaching so far.”
Turning it around
In 2012, David Crockett was 2-8 and finished with 1,700 total years of offense. Last season, Bosken steered the Pioneers to a 5-6 record and their first playoff appearance in 13 years. They also piled up over 4,000 total yards of offense.
“It was a great way to get started, to get everything rolling,” Bosken said. “The kids are buying in great. It’s been a great experience so far. I was at York and we were ranked nationally and contending for state championships. Coming here, this is my wife’s hometown. We have three kids of our own and we’re also foster parents. So we have five kids in the house. For the grandparents to be able to come and hang out with the kids, come to all the games, it’s been great. And to come back and help rebuild things here and give them hope, what a great experience.”
Bosken has been working with NFA since 2008. He said the experience has helped him as a head coach.
“We’re using a lot of the R4 System with the offense here,” Bosken said. “And I’ve implemented a lot of the things I’ve learned from Darin (Slack) and Dub (Maddox) and Will (Hewlett) and JC (Boice) through the years. It’s not about you. I’m really trying to ride on the hearts of the people you serve. I thought this was the best opportunity to do that.”
After his playing days were over, Bosken spent six years in the Marines and rose to the rank of Sergeant. His military background has enhanced his football experience in coaching.
“I think it’s really been helpful,” he said. “I think it’s related to a lot of things, like team building and instilling that discipline in pressure situations. It all kind of goes hand in hand.”