By G. SAM PIATT
VANCEBURG, Ky. — Last year Gary Kidwell, former baseball and basketball coach at Lewis County High School, was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Now he finds himself a step higher. Now he’s been voted into the National High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Kidwell will join the national hall in an induction ceremony scheduled for June 25, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa. He’ll be honored as a coach and an administrator.
He served as athletic director at LCHS from 1987 to 2004 and was chosen as Kentucky athletic director of the year in 1995.
His basketball Lions’ teams won 155 games in his 13 years at the helm, while his baseball teams at the high school won 250 games during his 14 years of coaching.
“I’m just humbled to get such an honor. I was stunned when Jimmie Reed (executive director of the Kentucky High School Coaches Association) called to tell me about the national hall honor. It’s something I never dreamed I would get.”
Kidwell is supposed to be retired but he still hosts a weekly Saturday morning show for radio station WKKS in Vanceburg and writes a sports column, “Kidwell’s Corner,” in the Lewis County Herald.