South coaches honored

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By Mickey Patterson

CRESTWOOD – South Oldham High School’s Steve Simpson and Frank Wright have been named the regional coaches of the year by their peers. Simpson, the SOHS boys’ coach, guided the Dragons to a 18-14 record while Wright helped the Lady Dragons go 22-8. Both saw their respective seasons end in the regional semifinals. For Simpson, who completed his eighth season at SOHS with a 135-96 record, the award came from the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches. Simpson won the award in the 2003-04 season. Simpson said this may have been his favorite season with his son Drew as the point guard and a close knit group of seniors. “This year was probably the most gratifying run,” Simpson said. “In 2004 we were picked very high in the region and this year we were picked around ninth. I think we really overachieved this year to a certain extent. They were a very fun group. Having the connection with Drew and this class hanging out at my house all the time. They were very comfortable with each other and a very coachable group. These guys would have been fun to coach even if they didn’t win a lot of games.” Simpson was quick to credit his staff of Bobby Simpson, Bill Cofer and Jim Rollins. Simpson said this year’s team made the season special in a lot of ways. “I feel like it’s been a blessing from God to coach long enough to coach this group,” he said. “I can’t say enough good about them.” For Wright, a 28-year veteran of coaching, it is his first Eighth Region honor. “It’s always an honor when you are recognized by your peers,” Wright said. “There are probably several other coaches out there this year just as deserving like there are every year. I won’t turn it down though, it’s humbling when your peers salute you.” Wright is 73-44 in his four years at SOHS with two district titles and one region runner-up. “My assistant coaches really did a great job this year and have since I have been here,” Wright said. “It all goes back to the kids though. It’s very easy to be a good coach when you have a good group of kids who are willing to work hard and learn and we had a lot of kids who did that this year.”

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