Name the woman who has been involved and seen the most basketball and football games over the last five decades at Campbellsville High School?
If you answered Carol Gossage you just picked the CHS’ inductee in the 2011 Fifth Region Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame.
Gossage, known as Mrs. G, has been the Cheer Coach at Campbellsville High School for 31 years and has a total of 47 years coaching.
Gossage retired from teaching after 31 years of service after teaching Health/PE, General Science and Anatomy.
The last 12 years of her career, Mrs. G was Campbellsville Independent’s School Evaluator.
Gossage’s cheerleading squads competed for 15 years in district competition where they won 14 KAPOS 20th District Championships with one runner-up. Out of those 15 years, her squads won 13 KAPOS Fifth Region Championships and was runner-up twice. She also led a gymnastics squad to a KAPOS State Championship.
Her squads were also in the finals of the UCA National finals seven times, were UCA Camp/Dance Champions seven years in a row and were UCA Camp Cheer Champions 10 times. She also led squads to five YMCA State Championships.
Not only did Gossage lead the cheer squads she also assisted with other coaching duties at CHS.
She was the head coach of first girls’ basketball team (in the modern era) in 1974-75 and led the team for one year, finishing as the 20th District runners-up. Gossage also coached girls’ track for eight years.
Carol Gossage is married to Ron Gossage and has two children: Cindy and her husband, Brian Brinkmoeller; a son, Brian Gossage and his wife, Debbie. The Gossages have one granddaughter, Riley Gossage.
Campbellsville High School will recognize Mrs. Gossage and her accomplishments on Friday night when the Eagles host Marion County in a boys’ basketball contest.
A reception will be held in the school cafeteria after the game. All former cheerleaders, players or athletes that played for Mrs. G are invited to the reception.
Local connections at ABCA National Convention
The Campbellsville/Taylor County community was well represented at the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) National Convention in Nashville over the weekend.
In addition to Campbellsville High School head coach Kirby Smith and assistant Shiny Kearney plus Campbellsville University’s Beauford Sanders and Randy LeBleu, former CHS grads Sham Gabehart, Rick McCarty and Wynn Harris, TCHS grad John Morris and veteran Little League coach Lynn Kearney were on hand.
Gabehart is a high school coach in Louisiana, McCarty an assistant at Campbell (N.C.) University, Harris the head coach at South Laurel and Morris the head coach at Louisville Eastern.