Letton steps down as Lexington Catholic football coach

mfields@herald-leader.comDecember 6, 2013 

Bill Letton, who led Lexington Catholic to a state football title in 2007, announced Friday that he is stepping down as the Knights coach.

"It was a wonderful run there and I really enjoyed it, but I just felt the time was right," Letton said. "I'm pursuing some different paths.

"This wasn't a snap decision. It's something that's been on my mind for a long time. It just felt this was the right time."

Letton joined Bob Sphire's staff at Lexington Catholic in 2003. After Sphire guided the Knights to a state championship in 2005, he left for a coaching job in Georgia, and Letton took over the reins at Lexington Catholic.

Letton, who led Prestonsburg to a state runner-up finish in 1993, has an overall record of 161-115. He was 78-30 in eight years with the Knights.

Letton said by making his decision now, it will give Lexington Catholic plenty of time to find his successor. He said whoever follows him will inherit a strong program.

"I think it's at an all-time high," he said. "We've won three consecutive regional championships, which had never been done there before, and we've got a solid group of kids coming back."

Letton, 48, said football is "still a passion of mine, and whatever opportunity I might have at whatever level in the future, I hope it's as enjoyable as it was at Lexington Catholic."

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