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Fans can pick best prep football coach in nation; LCC’s Holcomb eligible



USA TODAY High School Sports is asking fans to choose the best high school football coach in the country. USA TODAY staffers have chosen eight active head football coaches in each state after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise. From there, the fans will decide which coach emerges from a list of 408.

Is Letcher County Central High School Football Coach Mike Holcomb the best high school football coach? If you think he is, vote for him at http:// contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/ bestcoach2013/ky. Other choices for best coach in Kentucky are Bob Beatty, Trinity; Dale Mueller, Highlands; Ivan McGlone, Russell; Kevin Wallace, Bowling Green; Phillip Haywood, Belfry; Tom Larkey, Harlan County; and Ty Scroggins Central (Louisville).

There will be three rounds of voting. The state round began Sept. 30 and ends at noon Oct. 8. The 51 winners – each state plus Washington, D.C. — advance to a regional round, where they will be divided among eight regions of six or seven coaches apiece. The regional round begins at noon Oct. 9 and ends at noon Oct. 18. The eight regional winners move onto the national round, which starts at noon Oct. 21 and ends at noon Oct. 29. The champion is crowned based on most votes in the final round.

The athletic department of the winning coach will receive $2,000. Second through fifth places also receive cash prizes for the athletic departments: second $1,000, third $500, fourth $250 and fifth $100. All eight finalists receive banners for their schools.

To read more about the contest, please go to: contest.usatodayhss.com/.



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