York County lost a high school coaching legend recently when Darwin Bupp died at the age of 89.

Bupp coached West York's varsity boys' basketball teams for 20 seasons, compiling a record of 273-179.

His teams captured York County championships in 1958 and 1966.

Bupp was the winningest coach in school history for more than 30 years. Bill Ackerman, the current Bulldogs' head coach, is the school's winningest coach with a record of 294-110.

Bupp also served 32 years as the school's athletic director and worked as a basketball official for many years.

John Eyster, who served with Bupp for seven seasons as a junior varsity coach before succeeding him as head coach in 1971, said his predecessor was a very organized person whose practices always began and ended at the designated times.

"He kept records and stats, and he used to have a playbook, a copy of which he gave to every player, with out-of-bounds plays and stuff like that in it," Eyster said. "He also believed that scoring wasn't necessarily the biggest thing, so he kept a chart which gave players credit for rebounds, assists and steals."

Eyster, who won 246 games and three York County championships in his tenure, also gave players credit for rebounds, assists and steals after be became head coach.

"My practices sometimes went overtime, so I wasn't like Darwin in that regard," Eyster said. "He was a great friend, and I'm going to miss talking to him."

Even after he put away his clipboard and whistle, Bupp retained a passion for the game. He regularly attended high school and college games in the area.


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Dale Stough, who played three seasons at West York in the 1960s, sat next to Bupp at some of those games.

"He had a great memory," Stough said. "One time, he turned to me and said, 'do you remember that game down at Kennard-Dale.' He was a gentle man. He didn't yell."

Bupp's son, Chris, followed in his father's footsteps, becoming a head boys' basketball coach at both West York and York Tech.

Darwin Bupp, a graduate of Shippensburg University and Western Maryland College, retired in 1988 after 38 years as a teacher in the West York school system. He was married to his wife Charlotte for 58 years.

He's gone now, but Bupp won't be forgotten by his family members, many friends and former colleagues.

Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin da@yorkdispatch.com or 505-5407.