William "Bill" Bos Jr.
Induction Year: 1994
A native of Michigan, Bos (1926-2016) received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College and his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He started his coaching career as a member of the advisory staff for Wilson Sporting Goods, traveling the tennis circuit, umpiring matches for the world’s top players and conducting clinics for kids and adults in schools and cities across the country. While maintaining his involvement with Wilson during the summers, he became Varsity Tennis Coach for the United States Naval Academy, leading the team to a winning record every year.
In 1963, Bos moved to Dallas as head pro of Dallas Country Club. He spent 12 years at DCC before moving on to new challenges at Brookhaven Country Club, where he became Director of all Racquet Sports. From Brookhaven, Bos moved to a position as Director of Tennis at Lakewood Country Club. With each move, he has left a legacy of a more spirited tennis program and an improved facility in which to play the game. It was estimated that Bos coached more people in Texas than any other pro and those people were the most exciting aspect of his career. He played with and coached a star-studded cast of celebrities from Bill Cosby to Rod Stewart, Roger Staubach to President George Bush.