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William Blair named to helm Trimble football program

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By LISA CLONTZ
Special to The Trimble Banner
There’s a new coach in town. The newly hired interim football coach for the Trimble County High School football team is William K. Blair.

“I feel that I fit into this great community and am excited to take over a program that I care so much about,” Blair said. “I’m seeing a lot of enthusiasm from players, parents and supporters, and am grateful for the support shown for the program.”

Coach Blair brings practical experience as both a high school state championship game player, Division I college player, and middle school and high school coaching experience to his first season as the Raider varsity coach.

“With time running short before the season begins we decided to hire from within,” TCHS Principal Buddy Sampson said of Blair. Sampson and TCHS Athletic Director Frank Ragland made the decision to hire Blair who served as an assistant varsity coach and head middle school coach last year. “He will be an interim coach with a one-year deal and that will give us more time to go through a proper interviewing process.”

Coach Blair was a Rockcastle County High School linebacker and center for the offensive line. He was a long snapper at the University of Kentucky during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. His three knee surgeries prevented him from any further play at UK.

Following his career as a player he began as an assistant coach at Rockcastle County High School, spent a year as a defensive coordinator and assistant coach at Clay County High School, returned for a season at RCHS and then made the move to begin his teaching career at Trimble County Middle School. Blair teaches eighth grade social studies and coached the middle school football team to their first winning season since 2007 or 2008. He has also coached boys’ basketball since coming to Trimble County.  

Coach Blair has high hopes for the Trimble County football program. His philosophy in developing this young team is working to stay committed to this community and teaching the team commitment to their teammates. Coach Blair’s team will have two returning seniors—Stewart Barnes and Josh Baker—providing leadership. His junior class has six returning players, with two sophomores and 20 freshmen rounding out this first year team.

Coach Blair is fortunate to be assisted by Coach Chris Yates and Coach Ron Logan, both standout Trimble County High School football players. Coach Yates played college ball for Campbellsville College and Coach Logan played for the University of Alabama.  The Player Personnel Manager is Angela Pacheco.

Coach Blair has set this year’s football camp for the first week of August, running Mon., Aug. 1, through Thurs., Aug. 4.  This camp will allow the team to develop a sense of unity while practicing fundamentals and installing the offensive and defensive plays.  

The Raiders will put their work to the test in a scrimmage during “Raider Madness” on Sat. Aug. 13. This preseason scrimmage will be against Bracken County.  The evening festivities will include a free Kick/Pass/Punt Tournament for fans of all ages before the game as well as on-field recognition of all Trimble County High School fall athletes and the TCHS band. Gates open at 5 p.m. Concessions will be available. The scrimmage is set to begin at 7:30 pm.  

The Raiders will open their season at home against the Berea Community Pirates on Aug. 19.  Coach Blair is excited to play against his former coach and colleague, Adam Coleman.