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March 14, 2013

McCoy leaves Magoffin, headed for Paintsville

SALYERSVILLE — Chester McCoy has been named the head football coach at Paintsville High School.

McCoy, who spent seven seasons as head coach at Magoffin County, said the decision was not easy and one that came through a lot of prayer and thought.

“It’s just where I am supposed to be right now,” said McCoy. “I’m attached to these kids and the program, and I wish nothing but the best for Magoffin County High School.”

McCoy led the Hornets to six postseason appearances, but the team failed to win a game. During his tenure, he posted a 30-47 record.

His biggest coaching job was last season when the team had to rebuild — in more ways than one. A March tornado destroyed the team’s football field and complex. Offseason drills were halted as the community and school tried to rebuild. Still, through all the adversity, McCoy led the team to a 4-7 finish.

“The kids here worked hard,” McCoy added. “I’m going to miss them, but I am excited about the opportunity.”

Paintsville finished 2-9 last season under first-year coach Bill Mike Runyon, who resigned earlier this year to focus on his basketball duties.

“We [Paintsville] have a lot of positives to build on,” said McCoy. “I want to bring some excitement to the program, and get us back to being a playoff contender year in and year out.”

McCoy said that his son, Scotty, an assistant at Magoffin County, would not join him at Paintsville. When asked if Scotty would be in the mix to replace him at Magoffin, Chester replied, “It’s up to the administration, and I hope he gets a shot.”

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