By Gary P. West
In a state where the love of basketball itself is legendary, there are its rare heroes who also, through the dispassionate lens of history, rise to legendary status. When that legend rises so far above the others as to acquire mythical or rather, folk hero, proportions - and then enigmatically vanishes- you have King Kelly Coleman.
This shy, humble mountain boy blessed with extraordinary talent and drive captured Kentucky's hearts and its all-time record books with performances that have yet to be equaled - even half a century later. Never before in print, the authorized King Kelly Coleman story, is told by award-winning author Gary P. West, from actual interviews and information from Coleman himself.
“...A portrayal of who is arguably the best high school player to ever have played the game of basketball in the Bluegrass.” – Larry Conley, University of Kentucky Wildcats, 1964 - 1966
“Kelly Coleman was one of the most exciting players in Kentucky's history, and his legendary feats are still being talked about today. This book sets the records and stories straight.” – Joe B. Hall, Former head basketball coach, University of Kentucky
“A must read for the basketball fan who wants to know the real story about Kentucky's greatest basketball legend, King Kelly Coleman.” – Wes Strader, Veteran announcer of the Boys Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament and Western Kentucky University
“...The greatest prep basketball player in history.” – Adolph Rupp, Former head basketball coach, University of Kentucky
About the Author
Gary P. West grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University before graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism in 1967. At UK he was a daily sports editor for the Kentucky Kernel.
Later he served as editor for the nation’s largest civilian enterprise military newspaper at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From there he went to work as a copywriter in the corporate office of one of the country’s largest insurance companies, State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Illinois. In 1972 he returned to Kentucky, where he began publishing an advertising shopper in Bowling Green. Along the way, for twelve years, he worked in the athletic department as executive director of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation at Western Kentucky University, and provided color commentary for sportscaster Wes Strader on the Hilltopper Basketball Network. In 1993 he became the executive director of Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a freelance magazine writer in addition to writing a syndicated newspaper column, "Out & About…Kentucky Style," for a number of papers across the state.
6" x 9" hardcover with dust jacket
192 pages with photos