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West Washington coach suffered stroke at football semistate

West Washington appears to lose much more than its 1A semistate football game at Indianapolis Lutheran on Friday.  13th year head coach Phillip Bowsman suffered a stroke.  He is expected to pass away.


Bowsman had recovered from a stroke in January of this year.


Bowsman was also the athletic director.


The following message posted by West Washington School Corporation on its website:


This is WW Superintendent Keith Nance. I am informing everyone that WW will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday.


Phillip Bowsman is having complications associated with a stroke and currently being supported by a vent. He will be taken off the vent early tomorrow and the doctors believe he will pass peacefully shortly after.


I know to many this is devastating news. Due to the grief that many of our staff and students will suffer from we will hold counseling services throughout the day Monday and Tuesday.

I know this is an inconvenience for some but I ask you to please be understanding. Phillip is a dear friend of many of our staff, family to some and a father figure to many.


Please call the school to coordinate counseling resources at 812-755-4872.


If any family is in need of food for over the holiday we have baskets and a pick up can be arranged for Monday or Tuesday.