Larry Miller and Kelly Carwile

Here are reactions from Facebook and Twitter on the death of Kelly Carwile. 

Kyle Graham

Kelly Carwile, I met my senior year of High School while he coached the Hoptown basketball team. He left and found his way back here a few years ago to coach again with Haworth and Miller. A great guy I had the pleasure of knowing and developed a great friendship with. Had a devastating aortic rupture a couple days ago and lost his life tonight at a young age. Go rest high. Prayers to you and yours friend and Coach. I asked him once what brought him back, he said I’ve coached all around the state of Kentucky and nothing compares to the talent in Christian County. #OnceATigerAlwaysATiger #3PointSplash

Todd Marshall

I meet Coach Kelly Carwile while working at Webster County High School. I had the opportunity to hire him as a Assistant Coach and Teacher while Principal at Hoptown. Our friendship spans many years. I’m sorry and saddened by the news of his passing. He was a great coach and a great friend. RIP Coach

Wes Miller

This is one of the hardest posts ever. My heart is so heavy today, I couldn’t even post yesterday. Kelly Carwile was one of the greatest men I’ve ever been around in my entire life. The way he impacted my life is something that I hope every single person gets to experience.

As a freshman I was very raw and had to play out of position, Kelly saw something in me that no one else did. This man pushed me to the limit every single day and I give him all the credit when it comes to me being mentally tough. As I grew up in high school he told me to keep working and wait my turn and good things will happen. He was the reason I went to Freed-Hardeman and was successful..

Years later as we stayed in touch Kelly remained a positive influence in my life. He always helped when I needed him. When Brighton high school offered me my first job as a head coach Kelly immediately drove down and spent the weekend with me. He helped me with all the ends and outs of being a head coach.. If I ever needed anything he was always there to help me.

Kelly was the greatest basketball minds that I have ever known and the world lost the ultimate Basketball Jones. He made me the man that I am when it comes to coaching. All the way up to last season he was still giving me advice on certain situations.. Kelly I will miss you every single day but especially during basketball season when I need some advice.. RIP Coach Carwile!!

Wes Nall

In the last three basketball seasons I’ve managed to run into Kelly Carwile at least once a year at various tournaments. We would talk while watching whatever game was going on, mostly just re-telling the same stories to each other. Kelly was a good guy who had a passion for coaching. I was the equipment manager on his very first basketball team. When I chose to try my hand at cheerleading, he was one of the few who encouraged me. When I started looking for ways to make my own practices more efficient, I remembered how he planned every practice to the minute, and began doing the same.

RIP Coach, you made a difference

Allan Hatcher

We lost one of the best guys I have ever known in Coach Kelly Carwile. He tried to teach his players to become better basketball players, but more importantly, to become better people. He was a Christian who devoted his life to God. He will be sorely missed. Love you, Coach!!

Bart Williams

I’ve made many great friends in my years of coaching...Kelly Carwile was near the top. No matter where we were coaching, he always stayed in touch. RIP Coach.

Chris O’Hearn

Words can’t adequately express the sadness I fell for Coach Kelly Carwile and his family right now. Coach Carwile lived his life teaching and coaching basketball. He was consumed with the game of basketball and was a great person. RIP my friend. You will be missed by many!

Terry Birdsong

Sure going to miss my buddy Kelly Carwile. He meant so much to so many. I will cherish all the fun times we had over the years. No one loved people, or the game of basketball, any more than Kelly. RIP my friend!

Graves County basketball

We mourn as a program about the news of former Graves assistant coach Kelly Carwile. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, as well as the Webster County coaching staff and players. Fly high coach! You’ll always be a part of the Eagle family.

Marshall County basketball

On behalf of Marshall Co basketball, we send condolences to the family and friends of Coach Kelly Carwile. Kelly was a mainstay in WKY basketball for many years, and was a proud Marshall Co alum. He impacted the lives of many young men along his journey and he will be missed.

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