John DeRossett is back on the gridiron. DeRossett was announced as the University of Pikeville football program’s new linebackers coach on Friday, May 10.
DeRossett, who spent one year out of coaching, served as the head coach of the Prestonsburg High School football program for 22 years, guiding the Blackcats to one state runner-up finish and three region titles.
The newest UPike assistant coach started his career on the football coaching staff at Belfry High School. He was the head coach at Betsy Layne High School prior to guiding the Blackcats.
DeRossett made his debut with the Bears over the weekend, working a UPike Futures Camp.
“Coach Holland is doing great things here at UPike ,” said DeRossett. “The campus is hopping with excitement and positive energy. Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming. The athletic programs are continually upgrading and providing great opportunities on the fields of play. The academic setting is fantastic. There are buildings and facilities second to none here at the University of Pikeville. I am fortunate to be a part of such a great place to coach and impact the lives of young people. I have created relationships for years in teaching and coaching and at the end of the day the relationships we create are the things that last forever.”
DeRossett has coached several players that went on to star for the University of Pikeville football program. He was quite familiar with UPike Head Coach Al Holland, Jr., prior to joining the Bears’ coaching staff.
“I have followed Coach Holland since his high school career and am honored to be a part of his staff,” DeRossett said. “I have witnessed firsthand on just a few visits as to what a family atmosphere exists in the football program and UPike campus.”
In DeRossett’s final season at Prestonsburg, the Blackcats won the 2017 Class 2A District 8 title and reached the second round of the 2A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. DeRossett compiled a 176-94 record over 22 seasons as the Blackcats’ head coach. His career record is 193-112. Within the district, John DeRossett-coached high school football teams were 82-17.
DeRossett is a graduate of Prestonsburg High School. He attended Georgetown College before earning a degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He is married to his wife Linda and they have two daughters, Alexis and Allyson, along with one grandson, Joshua.
“I am honored to serve the student-athletes and will work hard each day to help them reach their goals both on and off the field of play,” DeRossett added.
UPike football players will report for preseason practice in late-July. The Bears are set to kick off the 2019 season on the road against NCAA FCS member Murray State University on Thursday, Aug. 29.