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Longtime Paintsville basketball coach Bill Mike Runyon resigns

Bill Mike Runyon went through pregame preparations with his Paintsville team before a game in 2003.
Bill Mike Runyon went through pregame preparations with his Paintsville team before a game in 2003. Herald-Leader

Bill Mike Runyon, who coached boys’ basketball for 29 seasons at Paintsville and won a state title with the Tigers, resigned this week. Athletic Director Jack Ousley confirmed Runyon’s resignation to the Herald-Leader on Thursday.

Runyon, who’s won 581 games over his career and was the sixth-winningest active head coach in Kentucky, originally coached Paintsville from the 1982-83 season until the 2007-08 campaign. He briefly coached the football team in 2012 and rejoined the basketball program beginning with the 2012-13 season.

No reason was given for Runyon’s resignation, and Runyon could not be immediately reached for comment. An opening for the boys’ basketball coaching position was submitted to the KHSAA website on Tuesday.

Paintsville, led by Sweet Sixteen MVP J.R. VanHoose, won the 1996 state tournament. The small school out of Johnson County was the first 15th Region team to win it all since Inez in 1954, and is one of only three schools from the region to have won a boys’ basketball championship (Shelby Valley won in 2010).

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