Danville honors eight for Hall of Fame

Published 8:32 pm Thursday, August 22, 2019

During halftime of the Bob Allen Pigskin classic Saturday night, Aug. 24, Danville High School will add eight former Admirals to its impressive Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame, sponsored by McClure, McClure & Bailey PLLC, was started in 2006 as a way to honor the tradition of success at Danville High School.

“This year we’ve got eight. That’s about a typical size for the class. We started the first couple of years with bigger classes,” Danville Athletic Director Lisa Fisher said. “We’re fortunate with our rich history and traditions of Danville athletics, that we’re not just putting eight people to put eight people. They’re very worthy of the recognition.”

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Among the eight inductees is current Danville assistant coach Darius Baughman who was a member of the 2003 state championship team.

“It means a lot. Growing up here in Danville and idolizing a lot of the people who came before me,” Baughman said of the induction. “It goes all the way back to the 60’s and 70’s. You got family members who play for Danville. I was looking the other day and we’re 31st in the nation for wins. To be a part of that and being someone who’s being put in the group with those guys who played before me is really special. It’s something that I didn’t even see myself reaching that goal.”

Baughman said that playing football at Danville High School was a goal for him even as a little kid when he was going to games on Friday nights.

“When I was growing up that’s what we did. We’d go to the games and we’d be on the side of the stadium playing our own little games,” he said. “While we’re over there we’re calling out like ‘I’m Jeremy Britt today’. There was so many people in front of us. Playing for Danville was like playing for college when we was kids.

The excitement, you couldn’t wait to be in ninth grade. You couldn’t wait to be in sixth grade to play for coach (Kenny) Young at Bate,” he added. “That was one thing that always drove me was the people who came before me. I wanted to be like them, walk like them, play like them. It was more than just that Friday night. It was all the years before. When I was in school we had ninth state titles and we won our tenth my sophomore year.”

Another award being given out Saturday night is the Allen Burns First Mate Award. The award, named after a long time supporter of Danville athletics, is given to someone who has been a “major contributor to Danville football” over the years.

“A lot of time the people who receiving that award is someone who’s behind the scenes doing a lot of things that people — unless they’re close to the program — they don’t realize how much they contribute to the program,” Fisher said. “We’ve been doing that for a few years now and it’s really nice to have the opportunity to recognize those people and put them in front of our home crowd and say thank you.”

The 2019 McClure, McClure & Bailey PLLC. Hall of Fame class is:


Philip A. Beverly


  • Established winning tradition of DHS football
  • 1926-27 went 17-0-1
  • 1927: first unscored on season in KHSAA history
  • Head basketball coach 1926-28
  • 1926 Kentucky State Basketball runner-up
  • 1927 Central Kentucky Conference Champions


James Robert “Bobby” Fowler (1952)


  • Football co-captain in 1951.
  • Led state in scoring (1951)
  • AP Second Team All-State running back
  • Basketball co-captain (1951-1952)
  • Regional basketball champions (1951)
  • Sweet 16 appearance (1951)
  • Regional champion 220 yard hurdles (1950)


Bernard Brant (1957)


  • Assistant football coach (1980-98)
  • Coached seven KHSAA State Championship teams
  • Head girls basketball coach
  • Head golf coach
  • Assistant football coach Centre College (1999-2002)


Joe Burke (1966)


  • Four year letterman in football and baseball
  • State football champion (1962)
  • Team MVP (1965)
  • All-CKC football honorable mention


Edwin “BB” Grey (1974)


  • Honorable mention All-CKC defensive back (1970)
  • All-CKC defensive back (1971)
  • Honorable mention All-CKC wide receiver (1973)
  • All-District and Regional Tournament team in basketball (1972-74)
  • Team captain (1973)
  • Elite 8 (1973)

Jay Reynolds


  • Assistant coach to Tom Duffy for nine State championships (1984, 87, 89, 91, 92, 94, 2000, 01, 03)
  • Assistant coach for two state runners-up (1994, 98)
  • Girls tennis coach (1980-2009)
  • Eight regional championships (1987, 97, 98, 2000-02, 07)


Mark Hudson (1995)


  • Varsity starter in soccer (1992-95)
  • 2x All-District
  • All-State (1994)
  • East-West All-Star
  • Centre College (1995-99)
  • Centre team captain (1998-99)
  • Centre’s first NCAA Tournament appearance (1997)
  • Head coach Austin College (2007-present)


Darius Baughman (2006)


  • Three year starter football and basketball
  • 2003 KHSAA State football champions
  • 2004 KHSAA State football runners-up
  • All-State football (2005)
  • Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth
  • Kentucky vs Tennessee All-Star Game (2006)
  • KFCA District Player of the Year (2005)
  • KFCA Class A Player of the Year (2005)
  • Three year letterman at Western Kentucky University
  • Two-time All-Area basketball
  • 2005 District champion basketball
  • Top 100 Seniors of the State basketball
  • Regional All-Star 
  • Four year member track and field
  • Regional Champion in high jump
  • Fifth place in State Meet