High School Football

Kentucky’s all-time winningest high school football coaches entering 2017

Belfry head coach Philip Haywood directs his team in the first half against Lexington Catholic in the KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, Class 3A Championship, on Dec. 6, 2015, at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
Belfry head coach Philip Haywood directs his team in the first half against Lexington Catholic in the KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, Class 3A Championship, on Dec. 6, 2015, at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

Philip Haywood in June became the first Kentucky coach to ever be named football coach of the year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

Haywood, who’s entering his 34th season as the head coach at Belfry High School and 43rd season overall, is Kentucky’s all-time winningest football coach with 417 victories coming into the 2017 season. He’s the only coach to reach the 400-win mark and has 56 more wins than Bell County Coach Dudley Hilton, who has won 361 games in 38 seasons.

Click here for the KHSAA’s complete list of coaches who have won at least 200 games. Below are the top 10 coaching wins leaders in state history.

Coach

Schools

Record (Years coached entering 2017)

1. Philip Haywood-x

Prestonsburg/Belfry

417-129 (42)

2. Dudley Hilton-x

Bell County/Bourbon County/Taylor County

361-115 (38)

3. Bob Schneider

Newport Central Catholic

345-183-2 (44)

4. Mike Glaser

St. Xavier

336-78 (31)

5. Sam Harp

Danville

326-106 (32)

6. Bob Redman

Durrett/Waggener/Ballard/Male

317-115 (35)

7. Ivan McGlone

Russell

316-151 (38)

8. Mark Brown-x

Marion County/Nelson County/John Hardin/Elizabethtown

302-130 (35)

9. Larry French-x

Mercer County/Meade County/Lincoln County/Boyle County/Southwestern

302-156 (39)

10. Tom Larkey-x

Rockcastle County/Harlan County/Perry County Central

296-132 (36)

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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