With school sports close to a return after the pandemic canceled all spring seasons, Christian County Public Schools Superintendent Chris Bentzel has appointed Christian County High School head basketball coach Kerry Stovall to district athletic director.
Bentzel said the new position will help create a district-wide athletic plan that ensures uniformity and coordination for both middle and high school.
With the new role, Stovall will also serve as the liaison with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. The role entails overseeing all athletic programs to ensure compliance with school board and KHSAA policies, as well as Title IX gender stipulations, all while working with coaches and student athletes to create opportunities to play at the collegiate level.
Stovall had coached at Christian County for 10 years starting in 2001 and led the Colonels to winning the Kentucky Boys State Basketball tournament. He resigned that year, but returned to Christian County as a coach in 2017.
He will leave coaching upon taking over as district athletic director, and Stovall said the decision wasn’t easy.
“It is a difficult one, but one that my family and I are at peace with,” Stovall said. “It is time for a new face to lead this program and continue the high expectations this program demands.”
Stovall is a Lyon County High School graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and a master’s degree with Rank 1 status from the University of the Cumberlands. Stovall and his wife Natalie have two adult children. Their daughter Shelby is a public school teacher in Boyle County and their son Clayton is an accountant in Nashville.