Get to know Hillard Howard

You may know Hillard Howard from the pool or the gym, but you may not know that he won multiple state championships as a high school football coach in Kentucky, where Pikeville's home field is named in his honor.

You've probably seen Hillard Howard in the pool or in the gym, but you may not know that he won multiple state championships as a high school football coach in Kentucky, where Pikeville's home field is named in his honor.

Talk to Hillard Howard and he will quickly tell you of his Kentucky roots.

He'll talk about his father, a coal miner for 42 years in the mountains of the Bluegrass State; or his time boxing — winning the state's Golden Gloves championship in the late 1960s. He'll even talk about his love of University of Kentucky athletics.

One thing he might humbly omit, though, is that he led Pikeville High School to three football state championships and left such a lasting legacy in the town that the school named its football field in his honor.

Howard prefers to deflect the attention from himself and toward his roots.

Read this story and many others in Tuesday's edition of the Daily Sun.