Kathleen R. "Kathy" Boatwright
Kathleen R. "Kathy” Boatwright, quite simply, has built a girls basketball dynasty at Keystone Heights High School.
Under her 20-year tutelage, the Lady Indians have won 13 FHSAA district Championships, including a current streak of six straight; made seven appearances in the FHSAA Florida Finals, including the last four state championship events; and have won two state championships, in 1994 and 1995.
Boatwright has a coaching record of 443 wins against on 123 losses, and has coached Keystone Heights to 20 or more wins 11 out of the last 12 seasons. Only four other active girls basketball coaches in Florida have accumulated more victories than Boatwright.
Born in Jacksonville, Boatwight graduated from Fletcher High school in 1953 and from Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., in 1957.
After graduating from Brenau, Boatwright began her teaching and coaching career at Russell High School before returning to her alma mater, Fletcher, in 1962.
She remained there until “begging for” and getting the job as head girls basketball coach at Keystone Heights in 1976.
“I’ve always had a love for basketball,” Boatwright said. “Being a female has never been a problem. I just had to learn more because men have been playing at this leve a lot longer.”