High School Basketball

North Hardin's Ron Bevars retires

Ron Bevars
Ron Bevars

Ron Bevars, one of the winningest high school basketball coaches in state history, is retiring.

"It's been a good run and a lot of good memories," Bevars said on Saturday, less than two weeks before the official start of pre-season practice.

Bevars was head coach at North Hardin for 38 years and led the Trojans to 805 victories, including 12 regional championships. They were state runners-up in 1982, losing to Laurel County on a half-court shot by Paul Andrews at the buzzer.

Bevars, 70, said the time had come for him to step aside.

"I always said when I didn't have what it takes to get out there and get the job done, I'd let somebody else do it. This is going to be a rebuilding year and they need somebody willing to put a lot of work and hours into it."

Bevars coached in a state-record 1,153 games. He led North Hardin to its first region title in 1981, and its most recent in 2010.

According to the KHSAA record book, Bevars is Kentucky's fourth all-time winningest coach behind William Kean (856), Billy Hicks (817) and Dale Mabrey (813).