7.11.13 TENNIS: Sherry Bossart Steps Away After 33 Years at Walsh
NORTH CANTON, Ohio – After a career which spanned more than three decades, former men’s and women’s head tennis coach Sherry Bossart is retiring from Walsh University. Bossart, who spent this past season as an assistant coach to former player Bryan Whittaker, coached the men for 31 years and women 26 years. Bossart compiled 620 career coaching wins, 27 championships and coached countless NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Along with her role as head tennis coach, Sherry also served Athletic Business Manager until 2011.
“I’ll miss my friends of 33 years,” exclaimed Bossart. “And of course, I’ll miss tennis and all the wonderful athletes that I coached. It was wonderful watching each of them mature as a person and athlete.”
“Sherry Bossart’s name is synonymous with Walsh University tennis” exclaimed Dale Howard, Vice President and Director of Athletics. He went on to say “she has devoted many years of service to the university, the tennis program and the athletic department that have contributed to Walsh being recognized as one of the best athletic programs in the NAIA and helped to lay the groundwork to the program’s move to the NCAA II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. She parlayed her love and passion for tennis and the development of student-athletes into an amazingly successful career that most others can only dream of. She will be sorely missed but not forgotten.”
After starting the women’s program in 1983, Bossart built the program into an Ohio NAIA dynasty in the 1990s. The Cavs won six consecutive conference titles (1995-2000), 10 total, and made five straight trips to the national tournament. Her women's career mark stands at 270-171. She also established a stranglehold on Coach of the Year accolades, winning the award 10 times.
Bossart, who took over the men’s program in 1980-81, directed the program to 15 conference titles, and 11 national tournament appearances. Her career men's record is 350-180. The Cavs won either the conference or region championship each year from 1999 to 2007.
Sherry has coached countless all-conference performers in establishing the premier men’s and women’s NAIA program in Ohio.
Bossart was inducted into the Greater Canton Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, and has worked countless hours to make tennis a sport to be recognized in Stark County. She has also worked as a tennis instructor at the Village Racquet Club and the Hall of Fame Tennis Center in Canton. She has won past women's and mixed doubles championships at the Canton City Tournament and the North Canton Tennis Tournament. Sherry also helped establish the Greater Stark County Tennis Association, and served as president from 1992-94.
Sherry and her husband Danny, reside in Canton.