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JOEY DOWNS
COACH JOEY DOWNS

As an athlete, Joey Downs was known for his tough aggressive play and hard work. A relentless competitor, he demonstrated early in his athletic endeavors that he had the passion, as well as the ability, to succeed in sports. He lettered in football, basketball, and track his sophomore, junior, and senior years at Bardstown. He received All Mid-Kentucky Conference honors in both basketball and football his junior and senior years. As a sophomore, he was named as an Honorable Mention All-State running back in football by the Louisville Courier Journal. He went on to be named United Press International First Team All-State Class A defensive back in his senior year. In addition, he was named Third Team All-State defensive back for the state of Kentucky by the Lexington Herald as well as Class A Second Team All-State running back by the Louisville Courier Journal. In addition, his BHS classmates recognized his leadership abilities that would serve him the rest of his life, naming him in class honors as “Mr. Senior.”

Joey went on to play football for the University of Louisville in 1975. He received his BA in PE from UK and MA and Rank I in education and administration from WKU. In 1990, he was named Asst. Principal of the Bardstown Elementary School where he served for thirteen years. In 2003, he was named Principal of the Bardstown Primary School, a position he held until his retirement in 2007.

Joey was named as the third eleven-man head football coach in 1990, succeeding the legendary Garnis Martin. Coach Downs quickly became an icon in the history of BHS athletics. In 17 seasons as the Tiger Head Football Coach, his teams amassed the following numbers: winning record of 154 wins and 59 losses (.723 winning percentage), eight 10-win seasons, four undefeated regular seasons, nine district championships, six district runner-ups, four regional championships, two regional runner-ups, three semi-state championships, 2 state champion runner- ups (1992 and 1993), one K.H.S.A.A. Class AA State Championship-2001 (15 and 0 Single Season Record), seven district coach of the year awards, two Kentucky Coach of the Year awards (2001 Class AA and 2005 Class A), three KY-TN All Star Game Assistant Coach, one Kentucky-Tennessee All Star Game Head Coach (Kentucky 38 – Tennessee 24), and two-time President of the Kentucky High School Coaches Association. 

INDUCTED SETEMBER 21, 2007

Coaching Record
Wins                  Losses            Ties
154                        59                  0
                              
Championships

2001 Class AA State Champions

15-0 Bardstown Single Season records for wins. 

Notables
  • Winning record of 154 wins and 59 losses
  • .723 winning percentage
  • 2 state champion runner- ups (1992 and 1993)
  •  Three semi-state championships
  • Four regional championships
  • Two regional runner-ups
  • Nine district championships
  •  Six district runner-ups
  • Eight 10-win seasons
  • Four undefeated regular seasons
    Assistant Coaches
  • Coach Brent Holsclaw
  • Coach Scott Dennison
  • Coach Howie Wickliffe
  • Coach Bobby Geohegan
  • Coach Bev Smith 
  • Coach Ron Koontz
  • Coach Bob Blackman
  • Coach David Clark 
  • Coach Andy Pohlman
  • Coach Johnny Downs
  • Coach David "Rock" Smith 
  • Coach Paul Bowling 
  • Coach Linc Oxley
  • Coach Jeremy Dale
  • Coach Jim Waldorf
  • Coach Calhoun
Personal Awards
  •  Two-Time Kentucky Coach of the Year (2001 Class AA and 2005 Class A)
  • Seven-Time District Coach of the Year
  • One-Time Kentucky-Tennessee All Star Game Head Coach (Kentucky 38 – Tennessee 24)
  • Three-Time KY-TN All Star Game Assistant Coach
  • Two-Time President of the Kentucky High School Coaches Association. 
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