S.T. Roach

A true gentleman, scholar, teacher and community leader – S. T. Roach guided the Lexington Dunbar “Bearcats” basketball program from 1943 through 1965. Coming from Bate High in Danville where he was an “All-State” basketball player, he eventually returned as head coach of his Alma Mater. Here Coach Roach won 98 games before becoming head…

Donnis Butcher

Meade Memorial High School 1951 – 1955 Donnis Butcher was 6’3” guard who had an unbelievable competitive spirit.  His all-around basketball skills created tremendous matchup problems for his opponents.  He led his 1955 Meade Memorial team to a 32-0 record before the streak came to an end.  That same year, Meade had twice beaten Hazard,…

Gene Rhodes

Male High School 1944-1946 Gene Rhodes set the standard to follow for future Male High School guards.  He was a tenacious, aggressive, tough player who exuded leadership skills.  Rhodes was a first team all-state player in 1945 and 1946.  He helped his team secure Sweet 16 appearances in 1944, 1945, and 1946.  Gene was named…

Carly Ormerod

Sacred Heart Academy Carly Ormerod is in a select group of players who have twice won MVP honors at the state tournament and three consecutive state championships.  She was named first team all-state in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and was selected Kentucky Miss Basketball in 2005.  Carly was the ultimate team player who enhanced her…

Billy Hicks

Evarts High School 1977-1980 Harlan High School 1980-1983 Corbin High School 1986-1994 Scott County High School 1994-present Coach Billy Hicks is the winningest coach in Kentucky high school basketball history with over 900 wins.  He has won 11 regional titles and 2 state championships at Scott County in 1998 and 2007. His teams have set…

Stan Hardin

Fairdale High School 1977-1991 The Hardin family name is synonymous with Fairdale and Kentucky high school basketball.  Stan Hardin’s dad Harry Hardin was an all-state player and coached Fairdale to its first regional championship in 1942, so it was a surprise to no one when Stan became the coach at Fairdale in 1977.  His successful…

Pearl Combs

Vicco High School Hindman Settlement School 1933 – 1972 A mountain legend and a Kentucky treasure is the way to describe Coach Pearl Combs’ career.  His teams won 760 games, 6 regional titles, and the state championship in 1943.  When he was not coaching, he was teaching science classes at Hindman Settlement School.  Pearl’s teaching and…

Randy Napier

M.C. Napier High School 1980-1994 Perry County Central 1994-present The winningest girls’ coach in Kentucky high school basketball history with over 800 wins and counting, Coach Randy Napier is still adding to his resume.  During his thirty five years of coaching, his teams have won over 80% of their games.  His 1994 M.C. Napier team…

Donna Moir

Sacred Heart Academy 1991 – Present First as a successful player and now as a successful coach at Sacred Heart, Donna Moir’s love for her school has been a motivational force throughout her career.  As a coach, she has amassed over 550 wins and is hungry for more.  The Valkyries under her leadership won consecutive…

Bobby Turner

Male High School 1972-1976 Bobby Turner made first team all-state in 1974, 1975, and 1976.  A 6’4” guard/forward, he was part of Male’s dynamic duo along with Hall of Fame teammate Darrell Griffith.  Male won the state championship in 1975, and he was named to the all-tournament team.  A great inside/outside player, Bobby’s tenacious rebounding…

Darius Miller

Mason County High School 2003-2008 During Mason County’s 2008 state championship run, Darius Miller led the Royals averaging 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2.5 steals per game.  He received all-state recognition in 2007 and 2008 and was named Mr. Basketball in 2008.  He joined an elite group of Mason County players who scored…

Jeff Lamp

Ballard High School                                        1973-1977 Playing on what many consider one of Kentucky’s greatest high school basketball teams, the Ballard Bruins, Jeff Lamp led them to the state championship in 1977.  In the tournament, he would score…

George Wilson

Dunbar High School 1961-1964 George Wilson was at the “center” of Hall of Fame Coach S. T. Roach’s greatest Dunbar teams.  A ferocious competitor at 6’4”, he battled against Hall of Fame great Wes Unseld in the final game of the 1963 Sweet 16 and was runner-up to Unseld in the 1964 Mr. Basketball balloting. …

Dwight Smith

Princeton Dotson High School 1960-1963 Dwight was a catalyst for highly successful Princeton Dotson teams from 1960-1963.  A great rebounder and defender, he led Dotson to the state tournament in 1963 which was the last year of the school before consolidation.  He made the all-state tournament team in 1963 along with Hall of Famer Clem…

Jim Rose

Hazard High School                                            1964-1967 This “Bulldog” guard whose skillset was phenomenal helped lead Hazard to three consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in 1964, 1965, and 1966.  He was named all-state in 1965, 1966, and 1967…

Tom Thacker

William Grant High School                                1956-1959   At 6’2”, he could and did play every position on the floor.  Tom averaged 32 points per game both his junior and senior years leading his team to consecutive state tournament appearances.  He had…

Harry Todd

Earlington High School                                        1953-1958 A 6’8” center, Harry Todd led his team to the 1956 state tournament where he made the all-state tournament team as a sophomore.  As a senior, he averaged 30 points and 20…

Ralph Richardson

Russell County High School 1953-1958 Ralph averaged 34 points, 20 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots a game during his senior season in 1958.  He started his career as a tall, thin, awkward young player, but would become a high school all-American.  He was selected to the all-state teams in 1957 and 1958 as well as…