Former Cougar Softball Coach Passes Away
COLUMBIA - Charles ‘Chuck' Bobbitt passed away Saturday, February 9th at his home in Ballwin, Missouri. Chuck was born on September 24, 1932 in Steelville, Missouri to Charley and Katie (nee Eaton) Bobbitt. Beloved husband of Patricia Bobbitt (nee Bates); father of Chuck (Christy) Bobbitt, Mike Bobbitt, Steve (Missy) Bobbitt, and Kim (Mike) Trimble (nee Bobbitt); Grandfather of Jason (Heather) Bobbitt, Candice Bobbitt, and Morgan Bobbitt; Great-Grandfather of Shane Bobbitt and Corbin Peters; Brother-in-law of Barbara (Maurice) Sweat.
Charles was a basketball player for Sullivan High School and William Jewel College before entering the US Army. He was a teacher at public and private schools within the St. Louis area and retired from Columbia College as the Director of Facilities and the Women's Softball Coach.
Coach Bobbitt as he was known, started the Columbia College softball program in 1984 and coached the team for 11 seasons, compiling an overall record of 354-120 - a .747 winning percentage. In 1989, Coach Bobbitt brought Columbia College its first No. 1 ranking in an NAIA National Poll, its first District 16 Softball Championship and the college's second appearance at an NAIA National Championship. He also led the team to six conference championships, four district championships, three bi-district championships, eight NAIA Top 25 final rankings and five trips to the NAIA Softball National Tournament. For his coaching success, Bobbitt is a six-time Conference Coach of the Year and a three-time District Coach of the Year. Bobbitt also led a significant number of players who received postseason awards, including 21 All-Conference selections, 14 Academic All-Conference Selections, six Conference Players of the Year, 25 All-District players, seven NAIA All-Americans and seven NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes. In the fall of 2007, Coach was inducted into the Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame for all of his contributions to the Cougars.
Private services were held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations can be made to the "Chuck Bobbitt Softball Scholarship Fund", c/o Columbia College, 1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO. 65216.