Phillip Hawkins says he has wanted to be a head football coach for a long time but delayed the quest in order to raise his son.
“I’m a single dad and wanted to wait until he was off playing college football himself before applying for head coaching jobs,” Hawkins said. “I guess in that sense I’m not your typical coach, but it worked out.”
He now has that first job as a head coach, as Doss announced his hiring this week. He replaces LaKunta Farmer, who stepped down after posting a 41-41 record in seven seasons.
Hawkins, 44, is a 1987 Franklin County High graduate who was a member of the University of Washington football program for two seasons. He was an assistant coach at Frankfort from 2008-12 and at Ballard last season. His son, Chris, recently completed his freshman season at Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.
Hawkins said he’s excited about the opportunity at Doss.
“It’s almost like getting the right date for prom,” he said. “Obviously, I’ve been putting this off, and I’m so fortunate that the opportunity came so quickly. … Doss has some talented kids. I think there’s a huge upside for the program.”
The Dragons finished 6-5 last season, falling to North Oldham 49-12 in the first round of the Class 4-A playoffs.
Other football coaching news
* Chuck Smith, an assistant at the University of Kentucky from 2005-12, has been named head coach at Madison Central. He replaces Bert Browne, who went 15-30 in four seasons.
Smith was the head coach at Boyle County from 1992-2004, posting a 142-33 record and winning five straight state titles (1999-2003).
* Brian Weinrich is the new coach at Highlands, where he spent the past 19 seasons as an assistant. He replaces Dale Mueller, who won 11 state titles in 20 seasons.
* Ivan McGlone stepped down after 38 seasons as head coach at Russell, where he compiled a 316-151 record and won two state titles (Class 2-A in 2005 and 3-A in 1978).
* Bill Letton stepped down after eight seasons as head coach at Lexington Catholic. He was 78-30 and led the Knights to the Class 4-A title in 2007.
Hicks approaching victory record
Though there are some disputes about his numbers, Scott County boys’ basketball coach Billy Hicks is approaching the state career record for victories.
Hicks maintains that he picked up his 855th when the Cardinals beat Woodford County 82-65 on Tuesday. That would put him one victory away from tying Central’s William Kean for the all-time lead. Kean was 856-83 over 36 seasons.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association lists Hicks’ record as 832-243. KHSAA spokesman Joe Angolia said there is an issue concerning some of Hicks’ records at Corbin in the 1980s.
“We’re not disputing Coach Hicks’ accomplishments,” Angolia said. “But we’re still doing our due diligence before taking an official position on it.”
Scott County was schedule to play at Sayre on Thursday night.
Butler’s Gregory honored
Butler senior Patrick Gregory was named the Gatorade Kentucky Boys’ Cross Country Runner of the Year. He won the Class 3-A state title in November with a time of 15 minutes, 55.18 seconds, and he finished 24th at the Foot Locker South Regional.
Gregory, who has a 4.0 GPA, has committed to Dartmouth. He now is eligible for the Gatorade national award to be announced later this month.
* Mercy’s Courtney Crable and Assumption’s Alexa Filley are among 70 finalists for the PrepVolleyball.com National Senior Player of the Year award that will be announced later this month.
Crable already is Kentucky’s Miss Volleyball, and Filley is the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Both have signed with Auburn.
* The DeSales football team will be recognized on the Kentucky House and Senate floors during a ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. The Colts won their first state championship in December, beating Newport Central Catholic in the Class 2-A final.
The Colts will be the guests of Rep. Denny Butler and Sen. Perry Clark, both DeSales graduates.
* The KHSAA announced that the draws for the boys’ and girls’ state basketball tournaments will be Feb. 3. The show will be streamed live at KHSAA.org.
* Trinity will host the 12th annual Rock the Block swim meet at 5 p.m. Saturday at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium, with 21 Kentucky teams competing. Admission is $4.
* Bullitt East senior offensive lineman Dylan Ferguson played in Saturday’s Blue-Grey All-American game in Tampa, Fla. His Blue team lost 47-44 in double overtime.
* Meade County senior outfielder Chaselyn Allgeier signed to play softball for Georgetown College.