High School Basketball

KHSAA trying to clarify victory total for Scott County's Hicks

Scott County head coach Billy Hicks directs his team during the championship basketball game in the KHSAA Sweet 16 against Trinity in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
Scott County head coach Billy Hicks directs his team during the championship basketball game in the KHSAA Sweet 16 against Trinity in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/James Crisp) ASSOCIATED PRESS

There is still no definitive answer on whether or not Billy Hicks of Scott County is Kentucky's all-time winningest high school boys' basketball coach.

KHSAA communications director Joe Angolia has been trying to verify Hicks' season-by-season records. There are discrepancies between Hicks' own records and those kept by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches.

Angolia said the KHSAA found two articles by The Associated Press from the fall of 1979 confirming that Evarts High School forfeited all of its games from the 1978-79 season due to the participation of ineligible players. This information was confirmed through a review of Board of Control minutes from that time period. Due to this finding, the KHSAA cannot credit coach Hicks with the 10 wins from the 1978-79 season.

According to KABC records, Hicks started this season with 817 wins. The KHSAA has worked with Hicks to update his records for the 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2001-02 seasons, adding missing wins and losses.

As of Friday afternoon, the KHSAA had Hicks with 837 career wins. Hicks' own records (with the adjustment for the 1978-79 season), show an unverified 846 wins.

The KHSAA records show William Kean of Louisville Central as the winningest coach in state history with 856 victories.

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