William Boucek "Bo"
Graduation Year: 1948
Induction Class of 1989
Bill “Bo” Boucek was a legend as OU’s track and cross country coach. OU athletics got into Boucek’s blood first as a student who lettered three years in football and in track. He was head track and field coach from 1954 to 1989, was an assistant football coach for 25 years, assisted with the men’s basketball program for 18 years and was head women’s basketball coach (49-105) from 1977 to 1984.
Boucek coached OU to 13 conference outdoor track titles, two indoor track titles, and four men’s cross country conference championships. Under his leadership, Darrell Randall became OU’s only two-time KCAC Cross Country Champion, he coached 152 conference track and field individual champions, and 14 NAIA All-Americans. One of his major contributions to OU athletics was his emphasis early on in training and weightlifting.
The Braves Athletic Hall of Fame honored the legacy of Bill “Bo” Boucek in 2008 by raising the funds to name the new track after him.