It is not often that one gets to build an athletic program from scratch. Artie Kohs got that chance in 1963 when he was the first hire at Xavier High School. He was teacher/coach/athletic director all rolled into one.
For nearly 60 years the phrase "Xavier athletics" has been synonymous with excellence, and it all started with Kohs, who was a coach and AD for 34 years. On April 23 at the AquaTurf Club in Southington, he will be among eight inducted into the fifth class in the CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor.
That honor goes to those who have made significant long-term contributions to CAS-CIAC. Besides being a highly successful coach and AD at Xavier, Kohs also was a longtime member of CIAC Boys Basketball and Boys Tennis Committees, and helped form and serve on the CIAC's Season Limitations Committee. He also was involved in the Athletics Directors and Coaches Associations and was a longtime soccer official.
The Xavier High School gym is named after Kohs. The facility was refurbished last summer and rededicated with Kohs in attendance. He is a regular at Xavier home basketball games, with his special chair near the Xavier bench. His son Mike won his 300th game at Xavier earlier this season. One of the key players on the team is Mike's son Stephen, a senior.