Former KHSAA commissioner Louis Stout dies

Former KHSAA commissioner Louis Stout dies


Former KHSAA commissioner Louis Stout dies


Louis Stout, who was commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association from 1994-2002, died Sunday morning in Lexington, Ky., following a brief illness. He was 73.

Stout was named the fifth commissioner of the KHSAA in July 1994 after serving as executive assistant commissioner for two years and assistant commissioner for 21 years. He was the first African-American in the nation to head a state high school athletic association.

During his time as commissioner, Stout oversaw growth in girls’ sports with the switch to fast-pitch softball in 1995 and increased participation in volleyball and soccer. He also was commissioner when the KHSAA created its website in 1995.

“Words cannot begin to express what Louis meant to this organization or the impact he made on those he came in contact with during his 30 plus years of service to the KHSAA,” said current KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett. “Not only was he a pioneer, but he had a unique vision that continued the KHSAA on the course to the organization we are today.”

Stout retired as commissioner in June 2002 and had been serving as the president of the National Amateur Athletic Union.

Stout graduated from Cynthiana High School in 1959, earning first-team All-State and All-America honors in basketball in 1959. He went on to play basketball at Regis College in Denver, where future University of Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall was his head coach.

Stout later coached basketball at Dunbar and Tates Creek before joining the KHSAA staff. He’s a member of several halls of fame, including the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame and the AAU Hall of Fame.

Stout is survived by his wife, Anna, and their son, Juan.


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