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Dudley Hilton named to KHSAA Hall of Fame

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By John Overby

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame class of 2015 was announced last week in a press conference at the KHSAA offices.

The 10 members in this year’s class will be the 28th inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and contributors.

The class of 2015 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Lexington Convention Center. The class of 2015 will also be recognized during the semifinals of the 2015 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®.

The induction of the 10-member class of 2015 will bring the total number of honorees in the Hall of Fame to 433.

Dudley Hilton, a Washington County native and the current head coach at the University of Pikeville, was among those selected.

Hilton is one of the most successful football coaches in Kentucky history.

He amassed 345 victories and won three state titles in three different classifications over 36 seasons (1991, 1997 and 2008).

He retired 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.