Boyd County hires Evan Ferguson as football coach

November 22, 2018

CANNONSBURG, Ky. - Evan Ferguson likes a challenge and now he has one.

Ferguson, head football coach at Ohio Valley Conference power Coal Grove High School, left his alma mater to become head coach at Boyd County High School on Tuesday. Coal Grove went 4-6 this season, but in 2017 Ferguson’s first year there, the Hornets went 11-2, won the OVC title and reached the third round of the playoffs. Coal Grove also defeated Ironton for the first time in more than 40 years. Boyd County, meanwhile, has not posted a winning record since going 7-5 in 2008, finished 2-8 this year and is 25-79 in the last 10 seasons.

“I’m looking forward to getting going at Boyd County,” said Ferguson, a former standout quarterback at Coal Grove. “It’s a great opportunity for me. I appreciate my time at Coal Grove the last two years and I really like the kids there, but at Boyd County there’s really potential to do something special.”

Ferguson said he is aware of the history of success at Boyd County under coach Tom Scott in the 1960s and 1970s when the Lions had a streak of nine consecutive winning seasons, played for a state title in 1973 and were ranked No. 1 in the state in 1974.

Ferguson, who was an assistant coach at Class AA power Wayne before taking the Coal Grove job, said football is football.

“The field is 100 yards long and the pigskin is the same size,” Ferguson said. “Whether you’ve won five or six years in a row or you haven’t won, you’re dealing with high school kids. I want to go in and establish a culture, explain what we’re going to do and set expectations high. We need to establish a winning culture.”

Ferguson thinks that’s possible with a program that hasn’t posted a winning season since George W. Bush was president.

“I’ll give it my best shot,” he said. “Boyd County is successful in every other sport. There are athletes there. When we get the kids to buy in to what we’re doing, Boyd County can be a force in the state of Kentucky.”

Ferguson replaces David Manning, whose contract was not renewed after going 0-10 in 2017 and 2-8 in 2018.

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