Former University of Kentucky wide receiver Alex Montgomery will be an assistant coach for the Paul Laurence Dunbar football program under first-year head coach Wes Johnson.
Montgomery, who played at UK from 2013 to 2016, was announced along with Johnson and other assistants during a news conference on Wednesday. The Florida native caught 19 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns during his Wildcat career, which was plagued by injuries.
Johnson knew that Montgomery was coaching in a Lexington flag football league and reached out to him about helping at the high school level.
“He fell in my lap,” Johnson said. “ ... He’s really got a heart and passion for the kids and like I said, this is a process that these kids know anything about. They haven’t been a part of being patient and not having it just all happen at once, as Alex can attest to his time at UK.”
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Lexington is “home away from home,” Montgomery said. He’s stayed close with UK Coach Mark Stoops, whose son played on the flag football team he coached.
Montgomery underwent five surgeries in three years at UK and looks forward to sharing with the players at Dunbar what he learned through hardship .
“You gotta work through all those things to have a good life or to live a better life or to be a great man in life,” Montgomery said. “I just feel like adversity helped me out a lot and I’m extremely blessed for what God put in front of me. I appreciate all my injuries cause I’ve met a ton of people I thought I’d never meet before, but it’s all for the better.
“I just feel like me being here will help these kids grow mentally. They’re gonna grow physically, but they have to have the mind for it. I want them to crave something other than just football, because I had to learn the hard way. I’ve got to get them to crave something else besides football.”