Every single person had a passion growing up. It may have been anything from baseball or hockey, writing or theatre, dance, or wrestling.
With that passion was a coach, teacher or volunteer who worked tirelessly to be there for kids in a community that needed them. Yesterday the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars lost that person when Richard Vos was tragically killed in a bike accident.
Vos, 38 was the head wrestling coach along with the junior high track and field coach for BBE. He was also a math teacher at the school and according to the BBE Booster Club, "Vos was very passionate about the B-B-E wrestling program. He worked tirelessly to build up the Youth Wrestling program and get parents involved as volunteers in the system. He was also instrumental in leading the school to converting unused classroom space into a badly-needed Wrestling Practice facility."
BBE is one of those great small, tight-knit communities typically with graduating classes of less than 75 students. They field 16 different teams including hockey which is absolutely unheard of in this day in age. This would not be possible without the contributions of great people like Richard Vos.
Jacob Loomis graduated from BBE in 2003 and wrestled for Vos. "He had the kind of fun loving, relaxed, happy attitude that everyone loved," Loomis said. "More importantly he was a great teacher, coach, friend, and was simply just an amazing person."
Vos leaves behind a wife and two children. He also leaves behind an area in rural central Minnesota that he believed in deeply. He knew that the best way to build a solid program and help kids achieve their dreams was to get kids and parents involved at an early age.
When it comes time to reflect on parts of your life you think of family. You think of chances you wish that you had taken. You also think of that person who was there to encourage you when you had self doubt. It may have been someone you took for granted at the time but now realize your life would have been different without them.
Not many people ever knew him, but all of us along the way had a Coach Vos.