BG’s Kevin Wallace named AP coach of the year

Bowling Green head coach Kevin Wallace (left) talks with player Blake Pillow (3) Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 during the KHSAA Class 5A State Championship game at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky. Bowling Green won 49-14. (Joshua Lindsey/Daily News)

Bowling Green head coach Kevin Wallace (left) talks with player Blake Pillow (3) Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 during the KHSAA Class 5A State Championship game at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky. Bowling Green won 49-14. (Joshua Lindsey/Daily News)

Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace on Thursday was named The Associated Press’ high school football coach of the year, a little less than a month after he led the Purples to their third straight undefeated Class 5A state championship season.

The AP coach of the year award is the first for Wallace, who took over the program from Dan Haley in 1996 after Bowling Green won its first state championship the year before.

He has a career record of 249-96, including a 204-35 mark in charge of the Purples. His 249 career wins are tied for 20th-most in state history.

In the past ten seasons, Bowling Green has nine district titles, seven region championships and six state title game appearances.

The Purples head into the 2014 season with 44 straight wins. They’re the 15th program with at least four state championships, and the third with three straight undefeated state champion seasons, joining Louisville Trinity and Boyle County.

The full story on Wallace’s award is available here.

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