Bill Self

To most of you Bill Self is the head basketball coach at Kansas University.  However, the Bill Self I am talking about was born in Rushville, Indiana, in 1937.  He went on to what is now the University of Indianapolis and then got a job teaching at Franklin Community High School.  There he coached track and cross country for more than 35 years.

One of his athletes died while training for an upcoming track season, and Self established a scholarship in his name.  In order to keep this scholarship going, Franklin Community High School started the Bill Self track and field invitational.  Batesville High School was going to participate in it this year, but inclement weather cancelled the event.

I never had the opportunity to meet Bill Self, but I remember people talking about his generosity and dedication not only to his teaching but to the athletes he coached as well.  Hopefully, Batesville will get a chance to run in this invitational next year.