Wayne “Dude” DuBose, 80, longtime STISD coach, teacher and principal, died Thursday as a result of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Of course, we at the Bee-Picayune will always remember DuBose as our longtime Bobcat sports correspondent, faithfully supplying this newspaper with accounts and photos of all the South Bee County school’s athletic accomplishments.
He always had a smile on his face and a warm, pleasant greeting for those with whom he had the pleasure to come in contact.
DuBose started at Skidmore-Tynan in 1956 as a classroom teacher, coached many sports teams and later served as high school principal toward the end of his more than 40-year career.
His family says that although he enjoyed his teaching career and was proud to have been an administrator, he loved his time as a coach. Some of his most joyful moments were spent on the basketball court and at the track with his teams and, in later years, reminiscing about those moments.
“Everybody around here loved him,” said Superintendent Dr. Brett Belmarez. “First and foremost, he cared about people.”
“He is a legend (around Skidmore) and a great person and we will miss him dearly,” he said.
“He was so devoted to the school and the school district,” former superintendent David Ross said, adding that dedication to the kids is what defined him.
DuBose served as president of the Texas High School Girls Coaches Association and was inducted into the Coastal Bend Coaches Association hall of honor in 1998. He also loved hunting and fishing.
S-TISD officials named the district’s gym after DuBose in 2009 and this past January, he and his wife were honored when the events center was named in their honor.
DuBose always was an avid fan of his favorite sports teams. In addition to the S-T Bobcats, he passionately followed the University of Texas Longhorns and the Houston Astros.
He truly was a good man and a great example. Our sympathies are extended to DuBose’s family and all those who are grieving in his extended Bobcat family.
– Chip Latcham