South Jeff Coaching Legend Dies

South Jeff Coaching Legend Dies

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A local coaching legend died over the holiday weekend.

William Walter Arthur of Adams passed away at his home on December 24.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, the man best known as Bill Arthur retired from South Jefferson Central School in 1991 at the end of a 35-year career.

During his teaching years, he also coached football for one year, cross country, and boys and girls basketball, along with baseball and track and field for 35 years.

In his coaching career he produced the first-ever South Jeff championship team in cross country while having many runners qualify for sectional and state competitions.

In track and field he sent 43 athletes to state meets, including one state champion. All that time he served on just about every Section 3 committee. He served the longest — 17 years — on the track and field committee.

A celebration of life program will be held at the South Jefferson high school gym at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 29.

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