“King” Kelly Coleman

State Senator Johnny Ray Turner, D-Prestonsburg, filed Senate Resolution 6 (SR 6) during the special legislative session, adjourning the senate in honor of “King” Kelly Coleman. 

Turner, who represents Floyd, Harlan, Knott and Letcher counties, filed the resolution in memory of Coleman, expressing condolences to the family, friends and community on their loss.

“The designation will serve as a constant reminder of the great player and person King Kelly was,” said Turner. “He was one of the best to lace them up and step on the court. Off the court he was as tremendous a person as he was a player.”

Coleman led the Wayland Wasps to a sweet 16 appearance in 1956, earning him the designation of Kentucky’s first Mr. Basketball award. He amassed an impressive 4,337 points during his high school career, remaining the only boy in Kentucky history to ever reach 4,000 points. Coleman also ranks as the all-time leader for points in a single season, most field goals made, and most field goals attempted.

 “He was a dynamic player that could score at will,” said Turner. “In Kentucky, we love our high school sports, especially basketball. I believe the imprint that King Kelly Coleman left on the game is one of the main reasons for the popularity today. It is only fitting he be honored for the legacy he left.”

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