The bronze will be a life-sized standing figure depicting the coach with basketball in hand wearing his familiar suit and tie. The sculpture will be located on the entry plaza of the Libla Family Sports Center in 2022.
The former coach of the men's basketball team at Three Rivers Community College was hired in 1971.
His career win-loss record is 1,300-416 (.757 winning percentage), making him the all-time winningest college basketball coach.
In his time at Three Rivers, he won two national junior college basketball titles, in 1979 and 1992, and was the first college coach to reach 1,000 and 1,200 wins. Bess coached NBA player Latrell Sprewell at Three Rivers. Bess announced his retirement from coaching in May 2020 after suffering from health problems during his final years on the bench.