Legendary Johnson Central Football Coach Jim Matney dies

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 2:02 PM EDT
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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Jim Matney, the legendary, long-time head coach of the Johnson Central High School football team, died Tuesday.

Johnson Central High School officials requested we wait to report the story until they could talk to students. WYMT honored that request out of respect for Coach Matney and his family.

Matney had been struggling with COVID-19 in recent weeks.

In a release from Johnson County Schools, officials said he touched the lives of many in Johnson County and throughout the state.

Officials with Johnson Central High School, along with the football team, honored their coach with a service on the field Tuesday night.

In place of flowers, his family says you can donate to the college funds of his sons, Dalton and Carson, through City National Bank at 632 Jefferson Avenue in Paintsville.

Donations will be evenly distributed, all you have to do is mention the Matney boys when making the donation.

He had been Johnson Central’s head coach since 2004 and won two state championships in 2016 and 2019. He compiled a 184-36 football record at Johnson Central.

University of Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops also tweeted his reaction to Matney’s death.

Before becoming head coach in Paintsville, he was also a coach at Sheldon Clark from 1984-2003.

Coaches across the mountains are also mourning their former colleague, you can find their reactions here.

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