'Cats dedicate gym to former coach

Published: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
The Buchholz boys basketball team host local rival Santa Fe at 7:30 tonight, but shortly before tipoff the Bobcats will ensure the permanent memory of a friend.
Bud Seymour, a coach and teacher in the area for more than 20 years, passed away at age 46 in the fall after a lengthy battle with cancer. And in a ceremony set to begin at around 7:15 p.m., Buchholz will name its gym after him.
"He was a basketball trademark of the community," said Bobcats' coach Bob Horodyski, also a very close friend of Seymour. "At different times he coached some of the area's best players, including (former Gainesville point guard) Ron Larris, (former Buchholz guard) Dan Frank and (former Hawthorne swingman) Cornelius Ingram.
"He also was probably one of the best teachers the county has had in a long time. He loved to teach social studies, and a memory of mine about Bud that will always stick is him coming to visit (Buchholz's) campus right after I got hired here and being surrounded by a bunch of kids who he taught in middle school. The kids all loved him. I never heard anybody say a bad word about him."
Horodyski said Seymour was a huge Florida fan who "when he couldn't go to a Gator game was propped back with a beer watching them on TV." His funeral ended hours before UF's first football game against Wyoming, and there was a huge tailgate party in the church's reception area in his honor.
"Just the way he would have wanted it," Horodyski said.
Indeed, Seymour, who was set to be the varsity boys basketball coach at St. Francis, also had a friend in Billy Donovan.
"He was a great guy," Donovan said. "It was such a tragedy, what happened. He touched a lot of lives. I know with St. Francis, he and (athletic director) Randy Maris had a lot of plans, he wanted to give Bud the chance to build a basketball program and unfortunately it didn't work out. At least his family, his kids, will have something they can hold to and remember him by."
Seymour's wife, Betsy, works at Chiles Elementary and is one of three finalists for Alachua County's teacher of the year. She is scheduled to be at the ceremony, as are sons Zach and Tyler and Seymour's mother, brother and sister, who live in Atlanta.
You can reach John Patton by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at pattonj@gvillesun.com.

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