March 19, 2013
CANNONSBURG - Prestonsburg High School graduate John Gilliam has been named the new head football coach at Boyd County High School.
Gilliam was a longtime assistant coach with the Morehead State University football program. Prior to starting his coaching career, Gilliam was a linebacker for the MSU football team.
As MSU’s defensive coordinator, Gilliam worked particularly with the Eagle linebackers while making the defensive calls. Gilliam was also MSU’s Associate Head Coach.
Earlier in his career, Gilliam accepted the position of head coach at Pikeville College but returned to Morehead State University before coaching a game for the Bears.
Gilliam was a four-year letterman (1983-86) during former head coach Matt Ballard’s tenure as an assistant coach on the MSU staff. After serving as a student assistant coach for the Eagles in 1987, Gilliam joined Ballard at Union College.
Gilliam spent six seasons under Ballard at Union College. He returned to MSU with Ballard in 1994.
Gilliam earned a bachelor’s degree from MSU in 1987. He added a master’s degree from Union in 1990.
Boyd County went 5-6 last season, finishing the campaign with a loss to state powerhouse Highlands in the playoffs.
The Lions have only posted one winning season since 2002.