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Wyatt to join coaches association hall of fame

Brown was a 1994 Dawahares-Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductee and PTHS coach from 1972 to 1990, who won 14 state track and field titles, including 11 straight championships beginning in 1979).

Wyatt was inducted into the Paducah Tilghman Hall of Fame in 2011 and in 2012 into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame for being a 15-time state champion in track and field in two different classifications.

"Just to be a person who walked in the halls of Paducah Tilghman and then to be inducted into their Hall of Fame was special and really meant a whole lot," Wyatt said. "With the KHSAA Hall of Fame, there have been so many great athletes and athletes who went onto professional fame have been inducted into that that it's a humbling honor to be mentioned with some of those great names and means a whole lot."

Wyatt, a 1989 graduate of Tilghman who never lost an event at the state level, won the 100 meter and the 200 meter state championships in Class 3A in 1986 and 1987 and the Class 2A races in 1988 and 1989. He won the 400 meter state title in Class 3A in 1987 and the event in Class 2A in 1988 and 1989.

Wyatt was also a member of the 4x100 meter relay state champion Class 3A team in 1986 and the 2A squad in 1988 and was a part of the Class 2A 4x400 meter relay state winning teams in 1988 and 1989.

In football, Wyatt earned All-State honors and was named one of the top 100 football players in the nation as a senior. He quarterbacked Tilghman to three consecutive state championship game appearances from 1987-89.

Wyatt went onto play football at the University of Louisville from 1990-92 and at the University of Kentucky, where he was a letterman in 1993 and 1994. He caught four passes for 28 yards in the Wildcats' 14-13 loss to Clemson in the 1993 Peach Bowl.

As Tilghman's track coach, Wyatt has won nine of the program's 28 state championships, which is second-most in state history behind Louisville Male's 31. Tilghman won eight straight Class 2A titles from 2001 to 2008 and then won again in 2012.

Wyatt took over the Paducah Tilghman football program in 2008 and amassed a 48-30 record in his six years. Wyatt led the Blue Tornado to the 2009 Class 3A state championship - the third in school history - three Region Championships (2009, 2010 and 2013) and to the playoffs in five of his six seasons. There he was 13-4 and never lost in the first round.

"I learned a lot as an athlete and I've tried to use some of the same tactics as a coach," Wyatt said. "I've tried to pass on the philosophies and things I was taught by the coaches I learned under as a high school and collegiate athlete to teach the kids I've been lucky to coach."

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow on Twitter @bigdog_jamesd.

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