LEXINGTON — Longtime Bell County head football coach Dudley Hilton is going into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Hilton is one of the ten inductees recently announced by the KHSAA for the 2015 Hall of Fame class. The group will be inducted in a ceremony scheduled for March 21, 2015 at the Lexington Convention Center.
Hilton, one of the most successful football coaches in Kentucky history, amassed 345 victories and won three state titles in three different classifications over 36 seasons at Breathitt, Bell County and Bourbon County. Hilton coached Bell County to a Class 3A state championship in 1991 and a Class 4A state championship in 2008. In between he led Bourbon County to the 1997 Class 2A state title.
He retired from the high-school ranks in 2010 with a career record of 345-101, tied atop the state records for the most football coaching victories all-time following a career which included 20 district titles, 11 regional titles, seven regional runner-up finishes and 34-consecutive winning seasons.
His career accomplishments were recognized with Coach of the Year honors from the Kentucky High School Athletics Directors Association, the Kentucky High School Coaches Association and the Louisville Courier-Journal. In 1997, he was named Sportsman of the Year by the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Hilton left Bell County in 2010 to take over as the head coach at the University of Pikeville and is heading into his fourth season at UPike. The Bears posted their best mark under Hilton in 2013, finishing with a 7-4 record and winning the first game against an NCAA Div. I FCS program at Morehead State.
Also in the Hall of Fame class of 2015 are Harlan four-sport star Dickie Parsons and Cumberlnad three-sport standout Freddie Maggard.
Parsons was an All-State selection in football and basketball for the Green Dragons, ran the 880 in track and hit .450 as a senior for the baseball team in 1957. Parsons went on to become an All-American baseball player at the University of Kentucky. He later coached baseball at Glasgow and Boyle County.
Maggard starred for the Redskins in basketball, football and baseball. In football, he led the team to a pair of state championship games as a quarterback and defensive back, earning All-State honors at both positions in 1986. He scored 1,000 points for the basketball team and was a four-year start and All-State selection as a pitcher and center fielder in baseball. As a pitcher he compiled a 28-1 record and led Cumberland to three stratight regional championships from 1985-87, wht the Redskins advancing to the state semifinals in 1985.
Rounding out the class are North Hardin basketball coach Ron Bevers, Oldham County girls basketball player Kyra Elzy, Bristow basketball player Rich Hendrick, Dayton track start Adrienne Hundemer, Harrodsburg football, basketball and track star Dennis Johnson, Sacred Heart girls basketball player Crystal Kelly and media contributor Dan Manley.