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One of only four Kentucky high school basketball coaches to amass more than 800 wins, Ron Bevars is stepping down as boys' head coach at North Hardin High after 38 seasons.
Bevars, 70, told North Hardin Principal Lonnie Dennis on Friday morning then met with The News-Enterprise staff and began to share his decision with friends and intimate supporters of Trojan basketball.
Bevars compiled a record of 805-348 and his win total ranks fourth all-time. His teams won more than 20 games in 21 seasons. He guided North Hardin to 17 district championships and 12 region titles during his 38-year varsity coaching career.
“I’ve had a good run,” Bevars said. “I’ve had a lot of good kids and I’ve had a lot of good assistant coaches. I have nothing but good memories.”
Despite a dozen times qualifying for the Sweet 16, the only thing to elude Bevars was a state championship. In the 1982 state championship game, Laurel County’s Paul Andrews hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to defeat North Hardin 53-51. The Trojans reached the state semifinals in 2001 and ’02.
Bevars served as an assistant coach at North Hardin before taking over the varsity position at the request of long-time North Hardin Principal Ray Story. The basketball gym at North Hardin was renamed in Bevars’ honor.
Raised in Upton and now a resident of Vine Grove, Bevars was a member of the first East Hardin High School graduating class. He also holds degrees from Western Kentucky University.
Although often excitable and demonstrative on the court, Bevars said he never carried hard feelings toward an opponent or referee.
“When the game’s over, the game is over.”
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