by LILLY OWENS
This Friday at the 2016 Homecoming game, there will be a dedication of the football stadium at halftime for Kenneth “Moe” Wright, the winningest coach in HCHS Football History. The football stadium will officially be named the Kenneth “Moe” Wright Stadium.
Kenneth Wright, known by most as “Moe”, coached the HCHS football team from 1966 to 1981. He stopped coaching and 6 years later, he came back and coached the Bulldogs again from 1986-1988.
HCHS Athletic Director Mike Smithson said that in the 20+ years he was a coach, Wright led the Bulldogs to victory many times.
“In 1980, the season record was 10-0; it was the first undefeated football team at HCHS,” Smithson said.
Smithson added that Wright’s teams earned 136 wins, 67 losses, and 2 ties while he was the HCHS football coach.
Before Wright was a great coach, he was a great player himself. He attended Tennessee Tech, where he played football, making the Ohio Valley Central Team and the All- American Team in 1957.
Smithson added a fun fact about Wright in relation to this year’s Homecoming game.
“The first game HCHS won with him as the coach was against Loretto, and it’s fitting that we are honoring him at the same time the two teams will play each other,” he said.
Another thing that many students may not know is that this legendary coach is also the father of Mrs. Libby Claud.
She said that she was very excited for him. “I feel honored that he is being recognized for his achievements. He was a very dedicated coach who loved his players and the game of football, and I am so proud to see him remembered for his many years of hard work,” she said.
Come out and watch the dedication of the field to an amazing coach who made HCHS history! The night’s festivities begin with the crowning of the 2016 Homecoming Court at 6:30 p.m.. The dedication ceremony will be held during halftime.