Former Oldham County basketball coach honored

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Gary Forrest has banner raised recognizing his contributions to program

By Greg Waddell

To say that Dec. 8 was a special night for Oldham County High School athletics might be a bit of an understatement.
Though both the boys and girls teams picked up big wins in their respective games of the Ronald McDonald Classic — a fundraising game the Colonels have hosted for a decade — they also honored former basketball coach Gary Forrest with a banner recognizing his contributions to the program.
In fitting manner, it transpired during the event that Forrest founded and participated in for a number of years.
More than just raising money though, Forrest also played a large role in influencing students lives for more than a decade, current boys’ coach Jason Holland said.
“He’s a legend to me,” Holland said. “I’m here because of Coach Forrest. He’s been a mentor to me throughout my coaching career and someone I can still call. This is just a long overdue honor for all the lives he has touched as a coach.”
Forrest finished his career with a record of 435-157. He is the all-time winningest coach in OCHS history, boasts five Eighth Region titles and was named Eighth Region Coach of the Year six times. He also led the Colonels to 15 straight 20-win seasons.
The Ronald McDonald Classic has generated more than $15,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville.  

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