Former state champion coach Boyette to retire

By Earl Vaughan Jr.

Veteran high school basketball coach Bill Boyette, who led two Fayetteville schools to state basketball championships, has announced his retirement as a coach.

“I think they need some youth,’’ said Boyette, whose final stop as a head coach was this year at Fayetteville Academy. “I’ve been doing this a long time. I thought this might be the time for me to step away.’’

Boyette started coaching at Cary High School in the late 1980s, building a successful program there before moving on to John T. Hoggard in Wilmington. From there he came to Fayetteville, coaching at Pine Forest and Terry Sanford before moving on to the Academy.

He won state championships during his time at both Terry Sanford and the Academy.

Boyette also expressed some frustration with changes in the high school game.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of loyalty left in high school athletics,’’ he said. “Kids are changing schools left and right. I know the pandemic has probably made that a little easier.’’

Boyette said he will miss the high caliber of athletes he’s had the opportunity to coach over the years. He has stayed in contact with many of his former players and is proud of that fact that a large number of them have gone into the coaching profession.

“I’m going to definitely miss the players and relationships I’ve developed with them,’’ he said. “I’m going to miss the competition.’’

He said he’ll also miss relationships with fellow coaches. 

He plans to remain in Fayetteville and work with Radford Brown, a former assistant when he was at Fayetteville Academy who operates a local property management business.

He did not rule out a return to basketball coaching but added that would most likely be working with his son who is currently in college and has shown an interest in becoming a coach himself when he graduates.