PRESTONSBURG – Despite a recent coaching move, Prestonsburg High School senior Dalton Frasure remains committed to the Austin Peay State University football program. Austin Peay State University Athletics Director Ryan Ivey announced that Kirby Cannon will not return as Governors head football coach for the 2016 season late Monday, nine days after Austin Peay concluded the 2015 season with an 0-11 record. A yet-to-be-determined buyout compensation figure will be completely paid by private funds, at no cost to the university. A national search for Cannon’s replacement began immediately, with Ivey set to spearhead a committee of administrators, donors and alums.
“I want to thank Coach Cannon for his service to Austin Peay and our football program,” Ivey said. “He has worked hard to move our football program in the right direction, and has done it with class. Unfortunately, we have not made the progress any of us would have liked, and therefore we must move in another direction.”
The Governors were 1-34 during Cannon’s three seasons at the helm as he attempted to rebuild a program that has enjoyed just two winning seasons since the turn of the century. After taking over in April 2013, Cannon was winless in a first season that included four straight road games to start the season and visits to SEC powers Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
With a full offseason to implement his system and recruit — an effort aided by the remodeling of Governors Stadium—Austin Peay picked up its lone win of the Cannon era in 2014 against Murray State. But another winless campaign, coupled with a perceived lack of development in 2015, caused the athletic and university administration to make a program leadership change.
The next coach will be the 19th head coach in Austin Peay football history. The new coach in charge will take over a roster that returns 60 lettermen and 20 starters from 2015.
Frasure rushed 233 times for 1,430 yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season with the Blackcats. The Prestonsburg standout hauled in 13 receptions for 224 yards an four touchdowns. Defensively, Frasure posted 86 total tackles, including 29 solo stops.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.