Bill Blanton
EducationAfter high school, I played basketball at Central Missouri State for 2 years, then was drafted into the Viet Nam conflict. I was lucky enough to make the All-Navy Basketball Team, spending 2 years in Virginia Beach, playing basketball on the east coast at numerous colleges for military PR purposes. After a bad knee injury, I was still able to play 2 more years at Tarkio College, where I earned a bachelor's degree and started my coaching career as an assistant coach in 1970. I earned a Master's in education in 1982 from Northwest Missouri State University.
Professional LifeI have taught physical education, health, drivers education, psychology, social studies, and art at the high school level and have been a head varsity basketball coach for 31 years. I have also been a head golf, baseball and track coach. I was an athletic director at 3 different high schools and have been awarded a meritorious service award for 25 years of service in athletics. I was inducted into the Missouri High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000.
Family LifeMy wife and I have been married 33 years. I met Kathy, who was a high school cheerleader from Columbus, OH while I was in the Navy. We have 3 grown children: Zac, Eddie and Molly, who have all graduated from college, and 1 grandson, Brady (age 4). We have a grey cat (Grey Cat) and a Boston Terrier (Brutus). We now live in Holts Summit, MO (just across the river from Jefferson City).
Hobbies & InterestsGolf, weightlifting, more golf, swimming, camping, more golf, canoeing/boating (and did I mention golf -- it is my passion). I stay in touch with Dave Wise, our fellow classmate and my best friend since 1962.
Retirement PlansI am currently contemplating retiring, but am looking at the possibilities of coaching at the college level. I am looking forward to seeing you at the reunion. (And thanks, Margie, for all your hard work!) BB
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Phone: 573-896-5088