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Retired School Superintendent of the Burgin Schools

Fred E. Darling was an EKU faculty member, track coach, supervisor of the athletic tower, assistant dean of men, and the intermural sports director. In this interview, Darling details his career and the reason why he voluntarily ended his coaching…

Alfred S. Portwood attended UK and played football, before he came to coach at EKU. In this interview, he comments on various sports cultures, including football, basketball, baseball, and tennis, and the players he coached. He also discusses his EKU…

In this interview, Rome Rankin discusses his years as an EKU Faculty member and the development of EKU's athletic program. Rankin was hired by President Donovan to develop a winning football team. Rankin reflects on his coaching methods, recruitment…

J.W. "Spider" Thurman was born in 1917 in Rhea County, Tennessee. He moved to Benham, a coal mining camp in Harlan County, Kentucky, when he was seven years old. In this interview, Thurman comments on coal camp life, his years in Kentucky Athletics…

Dr. Ned Warren was the Dean of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at EKU. In this interview, Dr. Warren discusses the progress of the sports program at EKU since he arrived in 1967.

Rome Rankin was a football coach for EKU. In this interview, Rankin discusses his enjoyment for History, English, and contact sports. Rankin played football, basketball and baseball in college, and professional football at the same time he played…

In this interview Donald Daly, a Covington KY native, details his early interest in football and the Eastern coaches who influenced his choosing to attend EKU over Western Kentucky University. He remembers several teachers and explains why he…

CHarles "Turkey" Hughes, a Kentucky native, was a prominent coach and teacher in the EKU Physical Education department during the 1930s and 1940s. In this interview, Hughes discusses athletes at both UK and EKU. Hughes also discusses how the Great…

Charles True discusses his family history, and explains his reasons for going to college throughout this interview. He also details his collegiate football career, Bear Bryant and other UK players. The interview comments extensively on campus life…

Mr. Robert E. Tarvin was born in Kentucky and educated in the public schools of Williamsburg, Ohio. He came to Eastern Kentucky University as a football player and obtained his A.B. and Ma. He completed a doctorate at Indiana University. Mr. Tarvin…

Mr. Martin talks about his boxing career and his career coaching boxing to local Richmond youth. He also describes his boxing match with Ezzard Charles (1949 World Champion Boxer). Mr. Martin also talks about juvenile delinquency in Richmond and how…

Eastern Kentucky University football coach, Roy Lee Kidd talks about the 1979 National Championship season. He identifies key players and games and talks about the community reaction to the winning season.

Teddy Taylor was born on November 16, 1945 and was raised in Cynthiana, Kentucky. He played football at Eastern from 1966-1969 and was an All-American in his senior year. Your Browser does not support the audio tag.

Jack Delano Ison was born April 30, 1937 in Flatwoods, Kentucky. He has coached football for 23 years; four on the high school level and nineteen at Eastern Kentucky University.

Jack Delano Ison was born April 30, 1937 in Flatwoods, Kentucky. He has coached football for 23 years; four on the high school level and nineteen at Eastern Kentucky University. In this interview he discusses his coaching career on both the high…

Teddy Taylor was born on November 16, 1945 and was raised in Cynthiana, Kentucky. He played football at Eastern from 1966-1969 and was an All-American in his senior year. In this interview he discusses his high school and college football careers,…