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J. H. “Hooks” Harvey was employed in 1948 by the Bardstown Board of Education to be the director and head of the physical education department of the Bardstown Public Schools. 

He was a graduate of Western State Teachers College, in 1933, where he was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. Coach Harvey began his teaching profession at tiny Kuttawa in western Kentucky. There, in 1940, he coached the Lions to a regional championship and a trip to the Kentucky High School State Tournament. From there, he went to Greenville High School as the head basketball coach. Upon being named to his position at Bardstown, his basketball teams had averaged over a six-year period a 75% winning margin.

In an era when there was just one head coach in a school, Coach Harvey, in 1949, was named head basketball coach and football coach at Bardstown. Continuing the successes that his previous teams had enjoyed on the basketball court, in just his first year, the Tigers won the South Central Kentucky Conference as well as the 6th Region tournament and earned a berth in the state tournament for the first time since 1935. The team finished the season with a 24-5 record.   In the fall of 1949, Coach Harvey revived football, which had been missing at Bardstown since 1941, in the form of six man football. In just the second year of existence, 1950, the team laid claim to a mythical six man state football championship, by beating a northern Kentucky team, Burlington, in a post season game played in Bardstown. The win capped off a perfect undefeated and untied season. Coaching track, his team won the SCKC track meet in 1952.

Coach Harvey furthered his professional career as principal at Old Kentucky Home High School and teacher at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Coach J.H. “Hooks” Harvey was a mentor, an outstanding coach, but a truly great educator.




Head Coach: 1949-1951
1950 Mythical Six-Man State Football Championship
  • Phil Brawner
  • Kenneth Riley
  • Bill Nally
  • Earnest Turner
  • Bill Graham
  • Donald Dobbs 


  • Revived football which had been missing at Bardstown since 1941
  • Beat Burlington, from Northern Kentucky, in the post season game played at Bardstown 
  • Coached Basketball, football and Track 
  • Assistant Football Coach Walter Pudlo 
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