Richard Bedwell to be inducted into KHSAA Hall of Fame
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Former Trigg County cheerleading and dance coach Richard Bedwell will be among 13 former coaches, athletes, officials and administrators that will make up the 19th class of the Dawahares/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Induction ceremonies will be March 14, 2006, in Lexington, the night before the Sweet Sixteen.

Bedwell was a teacher at Graham High School in Muhlenberg County, a Guidance Counselor at Muhlenberg South High School, and he retired from Trigg County High School after serving as Guidance Counselor after 30 years in education.

He was a former K.A.P.O.S. president and served on the State Cheerleading Board of Directors for over 20 years.

Bedwell coached state champion squads at Muhlenberg South High School and Trigg County High School and received Outstanding Coach of the Year for Trigg County Dance CATS Dance Team.

After Trigg County's cheerleading squad advanced to the state competition the year before Bedwell's arrival, he shaped his squads into championship form and brought home the school's first state titles for competition cheerleading in 1999 and 2000, a feat he had accomplished before at Graham and Muhlenberg South.

Bedwell died on February 11, 2003, but his legacy will be remembered with his hall of fame induction next year.

Other members of the Hall of Fame class include:

Earl Adkins – Adkins was a star in football and basketball for Ashland High School. He earned All-State and Mr. Basketball honors in 1953 while setting the school’s all-time career scoring record. In 1952, Adkins earned honorable-mention All-State honors in football. He went on to be involved in education and coaching.

Tom Hammond – Hammond, a graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington, was innovator and leader in the news coverage of high school athletics beginning in 1969 with WLEX-TV in Lexington. He has gone on to enjoy an illustrious and award-winning broadcasting career covering a multitude of sporting events.

Stan Hardin – Coach Hardin guided the Fairdale Bulldogs to three consecutive trips to the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament, winning back-to-back titles in 1990 and 1991. He compiled a 247-138 record while coach at Fairdale and the school holds the honor of being the last team to win backto-back Boys’ State Basketball Championships.

James Holman – Holman was an outstanding track and field coach for Eastern High School in Louisville. His 29 year career yielded numerous regional and sectional championships, including one runner-up and five State Championship finishes.

Joan Johnston – Johnston coached girls’ golf at Franklin County High School, guiding the Flyers to numerous appearances in the State Tournament, including State Championships in 1995 and 1996.

Charles Joseph – Joseph was an accomplished baseball umpire, having worked eight Regional

Tournaments and four State Tournaments. He was founder of the Tri-State Baseball Officials


Rick Kestner – Kestner was a three-sport star at Belfry High School, showcasing his talents for the Pirates in football, baseball and basketball. On the basketball hardwood, Kestner scored over 1,500 points and on the baseball diamond he helped Belfry earn the school’s first trip to the State Baseball Tournament.

Carole Liedtke – Liedtke was a prep gymnast for Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville. She went on coach girls’ gymnastics at Moore High School in Louisville, guiding the program to State Championships in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

George Lusby – Lusby was a prep athlete at Georgetown High School and later coached baseball and basketball at his alma mater. He has been involved in officiating over 40 years, working 11 KHSAA State Football Championship games.

Jimmie Reed – Reed was a long time football and track coach at Washington County High School. A respected administrator, Reed has served as Executive Director of the Kentucky High School Coaches Association and Director of the annual Kentucky/Tennessee High School All-Star Football Game since 1988. In addition, Reed is a former state director for the National Football Coaches Association.

Kenny Rollins – Rollins was a basketball star for Wickliffe High School and went on to enjoy a successful career at the University of Kentucky.

Tom Steltenkamp – Steltenkamp has provided sports medicine coverage for the Jefferson County area for over 20 years. He was instrumental in beginning the first sports medicine outreach program to high schools and organized Kentucky Medical Association/KHSAA Medical Symposiums for over two decades. Steltenkamp has provided education to high school student trainers through camps and symposiums, helping the youth pursue sports medicine scholarships and careers in college.

Two other individuals have previously been voted into the Hall of Fame but declined induction at that time. Kelly Coleman (1989) and John Reynolds (1994) have yet to accept the honor. They or their representatives would be added to the induction class in the year the honor is accepted.
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