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Longtime Middlesboro Coach Kenny Roark Passes Away

Thursday evening former Middlesboro and Clay County head football Kenny Roark died battling a long illness. We take a look back on his life.

How do you measure true greatness? Do you measure it in wins? Or the amount of championships you have? Or is it something bigger than that?

For some ... It is about how much you inspire people to become better. A better athlete. A better person.

For a lot of people around eastern Kentucky. That person was Kenny Roark.

Roark spent 18 years as a high school football coach, spending 17 of those years at Middlesboro High School inspiring young athletes to become better football players but more importantly better individuals.

Kenny was the type of person to always think of the team and community first, truly a selfless person.

Before coaching Roark played at Middlesboro and then went on to Kentucky and was a part of the 1976 peach bowl championship team.

While at Kentucky he was also named to the all SEC team in 1980. He then went on to win a class a state title with Middlesboro in 1998 as a coach.

Roark finished his coaching career with a 154-72 record including one state championship.

But his greatness is measured in the man he was and the influence he had on the people he met.

Roark was 54-years-old. Visitation for Coach Roark is from 5pm-9pm Sunday at Creech Funeral Home in Middlesboro.

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