I've blogged a number of times on here my complaints and feelings about the coaching staff at Henderson County High School in Henderson, Ky. Those angry feelings and words climaxed after the death of a Henderson player last July.
Sixteen year old junior lineman Ryan Owens collapsed and died on the field at Henderson County High. The suit filed today by the deceased's parents alleges that the staff's gross negligence resulted in their son's death. Click the title of this post to read about the details.
Tom "Duffer" Duffy, Jr (head coach) and his father, Duffy, Sr. have long been regarded as being less than stellar individuals. This season alone Henderson County dealt with the death of Owens, the coach being reminded that hazing and abusing players was unacceptable, the coach being suspended and fined for using an ineligible player, and the long time broadcaster of Henderson County football resigning after an on air shouting match with Duffy, Jr. that culminated in Duffy, Jr. dropping the f-bomb.
And that's just this season, and that's just what I know of.
The Duffys are a black eye on football coaches in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and at the very least should be permanently banned from coaching high school kids. In a school of over 2000 students, Henderson routinely fields teams of 45 or less players because of the unpopularity of the coaching staff.
It is my personal hope that they are punished both civilly and criminally. The wheels of justice are just beginning to turn in this case. I'll keep you all posted as it develops, but I hope the ending brings some solace to the Owens family and some relief to those who still have children suiting up for the Colonels.