If possible, the walls of Stratton School’s gymnasium would have countless stories to tell of the many coaches and players that have competed and learned within them. Anyone, including Woodrow Wilson coach Bernard Bostick, would bet a good chunk of those would revolve around legendary coach Vaughan York.
“This is just the perfect place,” Bostick said. “This is where he spent most of his career. This is where everybody knew him from.”
For 24 years, Bostick coached alongside York at Stratton on the football field and basketball court, where the two made a profound impact on their players and on each other.
“I know he made me a better teacher, a better coach, a better parent,” Bostick said. “I would hate to see what I’d be like… if it weren’t for him.”
At his memorial inside Stratton’s gymnasium on October 2, 2018, York was remembered more than just a coach. To many, he was their physical education teacher. To William York, Vaughan was an exceptionally motivating father.
“If you said, ‘I’m a glass half-full or a glass half-empty person,’ my dad said, ‘Go fill it up in the water fountain and after it’ll be a full glass,'” William said. “‘Don’t worry about being a half-glass. Be a full glass. Show your full potential of everything that you do.'”
From family to his closest friends, a man of memories and morale will be lived on by his peers.
“Coach York’s life is going to be defined by all the people he came and contact with,” Bostick said. “I think that’s what we want the family to remember.”
“Tell my dad’s stories,” William said. “Keep it going… Make my dad’s stories your stories.”
The York family wishes any donation made in his name be given to the Women’s Resource Center in Beckley.