Enduring leader

Georgetown College's Bill Cronin was named co-coach of the year by the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Five players from the Georgetown College football program and longtime coach Bill Cronin were honored last Friday at the annual Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame banquet and awards ceremony over three days in Lexington. 

Earning All-Commonwealth team recognition were Starr Thompson, J.J. Ogbogu, Shawn Gilliam and Daric Pugh. The list, which represents the projected top players for the upcoming season, is selected from all Kentucky colleges. 

Sixty-seven athletes, in all, received those awards.

Additionally, Ryan Woolf became the third Tiger to receive the Blanton Collier Leading with Character award.

It is given each year to football student-athletes who have        demonstrated dedication to the game while contributing significantly to their teams, all while exemplifying trust, respect, excellence, accountability, caring, confidence and optimism. 

Kody Kasey was GC's first recipient, and Josh Copley received it this past year. In all, the KPFHF handed out seven of these honors to Mid-South Conference teams.

Woolf was second on the team with 59 tackles last year. He has made 86 stops in all, eight for loss, over the past three seasons from his linebacker position.

A two-year starter in the secondary, Thompson has tallied 112 tackles and a pair of interceptions in that time.

Pugh, a fullback, has rushed for 1,273 yards and 16 touchdowns over the past two           seasons.

The explosive Ogbogu averaged a team-leading 22.4 yards per catch and scored four touchdowns last season.

Gilliam matched that scoring total among his 13 catches as a tight end.

Another local player shared in the All-Commonwealth spotlight. Campbellsville offensive lineman and Scott County High School graduate Trey Binder was extended the honor.

Coach Bill Cronin was feted for what he has meant to college football and the way he's gone about doing it. 

Cronin, along with two other Kentucky coaches, received Blanton Collier Coach of the Year honors. 

The Tigers’ leader for the past 22 seasons, Cronin is just wrapping up his stint as the first NAIA coach to ever lead the American Football Coaches’ Association as president. 

He is 199-56 and has never endured a losing season at the helm of the Tigers. Georgetown went 7-3 in 2018 after reaching the NAIA quarterfinals the previous year.

From 1999 to 2002, Cronin guided GC to four consecutive NAIA championship games, winning back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001.

Cronin was joined as coach of the year by Campbellsville University's Perry Thomas and Centre College's Andy Frye.

Georgetown opens this season Saturday, Sept. 7 at Kentucky Christian University.

The Tigers also are on the road at Southeastern University on Sept. 21 before hosting St. Andrews University a week later at Toyota Stadium.

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