Joan and Larry Bolyard to receive Distinguished Service Award at Homecoming

The Bolyards will be honored at the annual awards banquet during Homecoming festivities at Potomac State College of West Virginia University on October 31 where they will receive the Distinguished Service Award for their dedication to PSC.

Larry Bolyard has had a long affiliation with the College, including a career of 30-plus years which began in 1964 serving as the baseball coach, assistant football coach, assistant men’s basketball coach, as well as the men’s and women’s head basketball coach.

Joan and Larry Bolyard
Joan and Larry Bolyard

Larry also served as a professor and the coordinator of physical education, director of intramurals, coordinator of athletics, chairman of the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame and master of ceremonies at the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet. He received the title ‘Professor Emeritus’ in June 1999.Joan Bolyard earned her associate in home economics from Potomac State College while she and Larry raised three children. She then taught for the Allegany County Fort Hill School District for 18 years and taught nutrition at Potomac State College for 10 years.

“Potomac State College has been an integral part of our family, with our children growing up on its campus.  Our boys, also graduated from PSC.  Our daughter attended one year and then transferred to Shepherd.  I feel very fortunate to have taught and coached so many good students and to have worked with a dedicated and caring faculty,” said Larry.

Larry’s professional associations have been numerous and included the West Virginia Athletic Coaches Association, NJCAA Region XX Volleyball and Football Committee and West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

The Larry G. Bolyard, Sr. Scholarship was recently established at Potomac State College of West Virginia University by Joan and Larry Bolyard, Sr.  The endowment will provide scholarships to West Virginia residents enrolled in the physical education program at the College who maintain a 3.0 grade point average, with first preference given to student-athletes.

Reservations for the awards banquet are required and must be made by October 23 by contacting Derek Artimez at 304-788-6870 or The Dinner will be held in the Davis Conference Center, starting at 5 p.m. for social and dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. The cost for dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.