Haywood headed into Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame


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LOUISVILLE — The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame has released its list of 2016 inductees. Among the honorees is Prestonsburg native Philip Haywood.

One of the state’s top high school coaches, Haywood has coached football at Belfry High School since 1984. Haywood is the winningest coach in Kentucky history with a 403-129 record. He has five state championships and six runner-up finishes. Prior to beginning his career at Belfry, Haywood guided the Prestonsburg High School football program.

Accompanying Haywood in the 2016 hall of fame class are Darel Carrier, Kyra Elzy, the Lakeside Swim Club, Scott Davenport, Shaun Alexander and Joel Utley.

Carrier averaged 26 points per game at Western Kentucky University, breaking the school’s scoring record. He was a three-time All-Star in the ABA.

As a high school basketball player for Oldham County High, Elzy earned All-State honors her final three seasons. She led the team to four district titles, two regional championships and a semifinal appearance in the state tournament.

Founded in 1924, Lakeside Swim Club has produced 10 Olympians, numerous national champions and qualifiers in the World Games, Pan Am Games, Olympic Trials, NCAA, Nationals and Kentucky Championships.

Davenport has coached at Bellamine University since 2005, winning the 2011 national championship with the Knights. He also coached at Ballard High School and won a 1988 state championship with the Bruins. He is the only coach to win both KHSAA and NCAA championships.

Alexander won Kentucky Mr. Football in 1994, starring for Boone County High School. The running back was drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He played in the Pro Bowl three times.

Utley is the play-by-play broadcaster for Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball games. He started in 1961 and has called more than 1,600 games.

The inductees will be honored at a banquet on June 2. Each inductee will be represented with a bronze plaque in Freedom Hall. This is the 53rd anniversary for the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

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