Jim G. Bovender has been associated with some of the finest athletes in the State as he journeyed from Hanes High School, North Forsyth High School, Gardner-Webb Junior College to Campbell College as an all-star player. But none were so impressionable as his charges as a coach at Southwest Junior High and Carver High Schools.
Armed with a B.S. Degree in Health/Physical Education from Campbell College in 1969, "Bo" packed his assorted trophies to see what he could do in coaching. With youthful vigor, he arrived at Southwest Junior High and was encouraged when he guided his teams to success as the Head Coach, Football (102); Basketball (14-10); and Baseball (12-8).
Bovender jumped at the opportunity in 1971 to coach on the newly designed 9-10 level high school competition. At Carver High School, he became the Head Football Coach (89-13-5), Head Track Coach (30-6), and Assistant Coach Basketball/Baseball. "Bo" won eight championships in football (1972,1973, 1974,1975,1978,1980,1981,1983).
"Bo" had the record and personal qualifications to guide Carver's Senior High squad when the school system decided to restructure and re-establish 9-12 grade high schools. The Yellow Jackets captured three Metro 4A (1988, 1990, 1991) Championships under Bovender's leadership and became the team to beat in the 90's. He was selected Coach of the Year each of the Championship years.
"Bo” currently works as Program Manager for Healthful Living/Athletics/Driver's Education for Winston-Salem
Forsyth County Schools. He is married to the former Libby Fauclete.