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WORKING OUT THE DETAILS OF THE MORNING COMMUTE TO WORK IN THE BOZMAN HOUSE IS SIMPLE. IN THE MORNINGS, KAREN AND BRYAN BOZMAN GET INTO THE SAME CAR AND HEAD TO BRIDGE CITY HIGH SCHOOL.
It is where, for the past seven years, Karen – who also coaches basketball – and Bryan have game planned together leading the Cardinals’ cross country and track and field programs.
The husband and wife, who have been married for 36 years, are living their best life together.
“It’s a blessing, I like it. It gives us time together to do similar things,” Bryan said. “It’s been neat to share and do those same things together.”
Karen added: “We have grown stronger in our marriage, grown stronger spiritually. We have both been a part of a coaches outreach Bible study in the mornings too.”
Working at the same school and coaching the same sport has made some intricacies of the job easier. Holding meetings. Working out logistics and plans for workouts or meets. All much simpler when the one you’re doing it with lives in the same household.
Then they split the other coaching duties pretty evenly.
“I drive the bus,” Karen said with a laugh.
Bryan remarked back: “I’m the shopper. Also, the workouts, stay on the kids and that’s how it works. Good teamwork.”
The most entertaining part of their job on a daily basis is seeing what the athletes will call them. Since they are both Coach Bozman and their son Russell, who is on the football coaching staff, is also Coach Bozman – the kids have had to get creative.
So, they have come up with “Baby Bozman” for Russell, “Daddy Bozman” for Bryan and “Momma Bozman” for Karen.
“They really get a kick out of having both of us,” Karen said.
Outside of the dilemma of what to call them, Bryan and Karen are exceptional coaches.
“I love watching this lady coach,” Bryan said. “She’s so smart and so talented. So, it’s been good to learn from her and be a part of the program with her.”
They have enjoyed coaching together and for them, seeing their impact on the student-athletes translate into success on the cross-country course, track or basketball court makes for the most rewarding moments of the year.
“Just being able to share in the experiences of taking a kid to State,” Karen said. “Seeing them excel in their athletic abilities and grow and mature into the young person that they become doing athletics.”
Bryan added: “We like those light-bulb moments when it clicks, and they finally get it and they are seeing those improvements. You can just see their confidence grow before your eyes.”
Runnin’ with Raema Lyda
VYPE: What was your goal last year?
LYDA: My goal last year was just to improve as a team and get closer. We ended up going to Regionals and we had one person go to State.
VYPE: What was that like to see all that hard work payoff?
LYDA: It was amazing. We get out here early in the morning and we spend so much time running. Running is such a mental sport. Just being able to work together and go to Regionals was just phenomenal. Seeing our hard work pay off and everything come together, including our freshman, was really rewarding.
VYPE: How did you get into the sport?
LYDA: Originally, I never ran. I wasn’t a runner. I play soccer and do track, and my coaches were like ‘Just try cross country’. I joined it and it is one of my favorites.
VYPE: When did you start playing soccer?
LYDA: I started playing soccer when I was very young. I only played soccer until my freshman year, and then I joined two other sports. It’s been my main sport my entire life. I lived somewhere else before and soccer was the only sport they had. My whole family plays, so it was just a family thing.
VYPE: What do you outside of sports?
LYDA: I’m in several clubs – Student Council, INTERACT, NHS and Cardinals for Christ – and I am pursuing cosmetology.
VYPE: What do you want your legacy to be?
LYDA: I just want to be known as a leader. Someone who people could look to and tell that she really gave everything. She put her heart into it. She was someone that gave everything they could and made a difference in the school and the world.