A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

KHSAA announces 12-member class for the 2020 Hall of Fame set for May 30 in Lexington


The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will induct its Class of 2020 into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame presented by Roberts Insurance on Saturday, May 30 at the Embassy Suites Lexington.

This year’s 12-member class will be the 33rd inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. The Class of 2020 will also be recognized during the semifinals of the 2020 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16. The induction of the 12-member Class of 2020 will bring the total number of honorees in the Hall of Fame to 491.

Nominations for the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame are always welcome and can be submitted by filling out the online form available at khsaa.org.

This year’s class:

• Charlie Adkins (Coach / Paintsville) – Charlie Adkins coached baseball in the 15th Region for 34 years, amassing a career record of 805-293 with 20 district and 14 region titles, along with a state runner-up finish and one state championship.

• Greg Buckner (Athlete / University Heights) – Greg Buckner helped University Heights to the 1992 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® State Championship before a stellar four years at Clemson University led to a 10-year NBA career.

• Donnis Butcher (Athlete / Meade Memorial) – A five-year letterman at Meade Memorial from 1951-55, Donnis Butcher scored 2,400 career points on his way to earning three All-District and two All-Region honors, along with 1st Team All-State accolades in 1955.

• Joey Couch (Athlete / Paintsville) – An outstanding multi-sport student-athlete at Paintsville, Joey Couch was a four-year starter for the football team on both offense and defense, and a four-year starter on the basketball team for head coach Bill Mike Runyon.

Gary Dearborn (Contributor / Harrison County & Pendleton County) – A longtime educator, Gary Dearborn spent 24 of his 38 years in the 10th Region as an administrator working with athletics. A strong advocate for gender equity, Dearborn initiated changes at Harrison County to bring girls’ athletics on par with the boys’ programs.

• Sam Sharp (Coach / Danville) – One of the most successful football coaches in KHSAA history, Sam Harp guided Danville HS to seven KHSAA state football championships and 10 championship game appearances during his time with the Admirals. He finished his coaching career with a record of 326-106, which ranked fifth all-time when he retired in 2012.

• Robert Joe “Bob” Lynch (Athlete / Ashland Blazer) – A three-sport athlete at Ashland Blazer, Bob Lynch helped lead the Tomcats to three-consecutive KHSAA State Baseball Championships and ended his pitching career with a sterling 27-2 record.

• Sharae Masfield (Athlete / DuPont Manual) – The 1997 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Kentucky, ShaRae Mansfield averaged 18 points per game as a senior to lead DuPont Manual to a 26-3 record while receiving Third Team All-America accolades from Parade Magazine.

• Bart Rison (Coach & Official / Montgomery County) – Bart Rison amassed nearly 900 wins across 40 seasons as a head coach in boys’ basketball and softball, totaling 20 district and eight regional championships.

• Chrissy Roberts (Athlete / Eminence) – Chrissy Roberts rewrote the girls’ basketball record book at Eminence High School during her playing days, earning First Team All-State and All-America accolades while leading the school to its first and only district title.

• Bob Stacey (Coach & Official / Boyd County) – A longtime track & field and cross country coach at Boyd County HS, Bob Stacey guided the Lady Lions to 25 regional championships, two cross country state runner-up finishes, and one 3A girls’ track and field state title from 1975-2000.

• Adriane Diamond Travis (Athlete / Marshall County) – A seven-time individual 3A track and field state champion at Marshall County HS, Adriane Diamond Travis captured four-straight state titles in the 400 meters to go along with three state championships in the 200 meters.


Related Posts

Leave a Comment