Currituck removes interim title, names Paul Bossi football coach
Bossi was the interim coach for the 2018 season
By Malcolm Shields
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
BARCO — Paul Bossi helped lead the Currituck football team to its first winning campaign in five seasons.
Because of that and other factors, Bossi had the interim coach title removed and will be the Knights’ head football coach moving forward.
Currituck athletic director Todd Parker told The Daily Advance Tuesday that Bossi had an amazing 2018 season.
Currituck posted a 7-5 overall record in 2018 and secured a playoff berth in the 2AA state tournament.
The Knights were a controversial non-touchdown call away by the officials at the goal line in overtime against Croatan from advancing to the second round.
The Knights posted a 4-7 record in 2017 and posted consecutive two-win campaigns in 2015 and 2016.
The 2018 season also marked the first time since 2013 that Currituck football had appeared in the state playoffs.
“He turned the program around,” Parker said.
Parker noted that Bossi won seven games on short notice.
Former Currituck coach John Wheeler stepped down in April.
Bossi was named interim coach in June.
Parker praised Bossi for having the amount of success that he did without a full offseason.
“We definitely want to see what he can do when he has a full amount of time,” Parker said.
By naming Bossi the coach now, the Knights can have as close to a full offseason under Bossi.
Parker noted that as the 2018 season progressed, it became easier and easier to go with Bossi.
“We were seeing exactly what we wanted,” Parker said. “We wanted a complete turnaround in our structure and our discipline.”
The Knights were more competitive this season with close games against top area programs Northeastern, Hertford County and John A. Holmes.
“We were seeing a definite change in our competitiveness, our structure and discipline,” Parker said.
Bossi, who also serves as Currituck’s wrestling coach, will finish out the 2018-19 season leading the Knights on the mat.
Bossi noted Tuesday that he will help and support the next wrestling coach.
Bossi, who has been a coach at Currituck more more than a decade, said he was excited and honored to get the job.
“It’s been an honor to coach these boys,” Bossi said. “I’m looking forward to working with them and doing big things.”
With the cloud of uncertainty about his future with the program gone, Bossi noted that he can begin preparing for spring football, the offseason weight lifting program, making adjustments on offense and defense and planning trips to summer football camps along with coaches clinics.
“Come August 1, we’re going to be ready,” he said.
Bossi acknowledged that his assistant coaches were amazing.
“I could have never done it without my staff,” he said. “I’m blessed to have the staff that I have. I’m looking forward to having continuity with them for years to come and building a program here.”
Bossi previously was a head coach at Pasquotank in the 2000s and served as an assistant football coach during his time at Currituck.
The Knights are set to return a number of playmakers on both sides of the ball for the 2019 season.