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From Coach Parkey:   It has been an honor, a privilege and a pleasure to serve Rockcastle County and RCHS as Head Football Coach for the past 14 years. I have coached the incredible game of

Was at Corbin till 2018, went to Whitley as their DC 2019, and has been back at Corbin since. 

Anyone else hearing they're going to replace a Parkey with a Larkey?

From Coach Parkey:

 

It has been an honor, a privilege and a pleasure to serve Rockcastle County and RCHS as Head Football Coach for the past 14 years. I have coached the incredible game of football in this county at the Youth League, the Middle School, and the High School levels for a total of 27 years. Throughout those years, I have been able to meet, work, and grow together with countless members of the community. Those ties, bonds, and friendships are genuinely special and long lasting.

The timing and fashion surrounding the end of my career here was not under the circumstances my family and I would have imagined or ever dreamed of after all the years of service. It has seemed to us as sudden, impersonal, and more vague than we would have expected. This job was more than a job for us. Simply stated, Kristy and I, along with our sons Noah and Rex, lived the role by focusing on serving and bettering the youth of Rockcastle County, one team at a time. Many times, it required more sacrifice of family than I should have asked. But, with all gratitude to Kristy, she kept us grounded and focused. I respect the decision and we will move on through our wonderful lives together.
 
I have always coached by placing the best interest of our individual players first. Some may see that as soft, or unlike how football should be taught, or not the best way. But to me, creating a locker room culture where players feel comfortable, safe to be themselves, and welcomed to grow as young men is the best way. Football is a game that a small percentage of boys choose. It is extremely hard, both physically and mentally. When coupled with varying home situations, today’s High School football players face an extraordinary amount of issues, difficulties, and hardships. My coaching staffs have done our best to create an environment where relationships are paramount to success. We believe in creating expectations of discipline in our team to accomplish our goals. Discipline meaning having the mental, emotional, and physical toughness to break through adversities in life and on the field to be successful. Our individual players and overall teams have thrived on and off the field, while in high school, and after graduation.
 
I have been genuinely blessed to honor 133 players on Senior Nights at The Rock. I have done my best to keep up with each of them as they journey through life. I consider each one special to me and my family. Guys have chosen college, specialized trade schools, work, entrepreneurship, and the military. Many have wives and families of their own. I am very proud that I can honestly say our guys are successful and responsible men.

Coaching High School football is not ALL about wins and losses. I realize our world emphasizes and uses this as a way to measure and compare. That’s fair, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. We won our fair share of games. We won games we had no business winning, and we lost a few we probably shouldn’t have lost. While looking at the variables involved, as coaches do, I can say our Coaching Staffs and Teams were always competitive, they played above their natural physical ability, and they did it the RIGHT way. They did this by playing with Pride from the heart because it meant more than the guys across from them. They played unselfishly, holding their teammates, families, school, and county above their own interests. The characteristic of doing something for a cause bigger than yourself is a basic tenant to the game of football. Our teams have exemplified this year after year. Sure, I wish we could have brought home state championship hardware every year, but that just wasn’t meant to be. We strived to be better than we were the week before, focusing only on where our feet are at that time. And our teams were.

One of the most amazing things about my journey was being able to coach alongside so many great men. Men who genuinely valued the opportunity to help mold young guys into respected men through the game of football. These men exhibited character and strong moral codes that they were able to pass on through their coaching. We were able to have the players to believe in their abilities and to push beyond their mind’s boundary for potential, creating new ceilings for opportunity. When these players and even entire teams made these breakthroughs, they realized there was no struggle too difficult for them to attack. That is in direct contrast to today’s societal affirmations that if a task seems too hard, then do not try, so you will not fail. Our coaches have been able to teach players through adversity, through the pain and shame of failing to win the next opportunity. That is what High School football is all about.
 
My job was not about only the high school team. A major responsibility and one I truly loved, was to have a major influence on the Rockcastle Youth Football League and the Middle School program. Through our time the last 14 years, we have been able to restructure, re-create, and evolve through time as the game of football, schools, and kids have rapidly changed. The total program of Rockcastle Football is better now than ever. It can, and will continue to improve and evolve with new support, new ideas, and new opportunities. The focus for our young teams must always continue to be on ALL the kids, their development athletically, and their social and emotional development rather than on simply wins and losses.

In closing, the ending of this chapter has been difficult for me. However, the amount of hurt that is residually created for my family is quite contrasting to my personal feelings, and much more substantial. The difficulty lies in knowing what comes next, and things as simple as how it will feel at a Friday night game. As we process through this, we will definitely come out the other side as different people. We know that through our “struggles, comes perseverance, and through perseverance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.” Rom 5
 
Thank you to all the Players and Coaches. Go Rock!!!
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There are 2 former Rocks on staff at Madison Central right now…

 

Johnny Poynter and William Blair. It wouldn’t surprise me to see either name mentioned in Mt Vernon.

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4 hours ago, Colonels_Wear_Blue said:

Anyone else hearing they're going to replace a Parkey with a Larkey?

My understanding is Coach Larkey still lives in Mount Vernon. 

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38 minutes ago, GoodOleBoy said:

Blair would be the obvious choice there if he doesn’t go back to Southern I think. 

I think he is the obvious choice, but that's just my opinion.  I don't see him going back to Southern. 

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42 minutes ago, theguru said:

My understanding is Coach Larkey still lives in Mount Vernon. 

Makes sense as its only about 25 minutes down the interstate. I don't know Chris Larkey at all but I used to know is brother Dackery. Haven't talked to him in a long time, though.

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Nothing official has been made other then the obvious with Parkey being out. but all signs and word on the street (take it for what it’s worth) but all are pointing toward Larkey. Basically it appears it’s his for the taking and go from there if it doesn’t work out.  Honestly I would be shocked if Larkey isn’t named the new coach, but we shall see I guess. Maybe Rock could land both Larkey as head coach and bring in Blair for the DC. That’s the position Blair has taken at 3 different stops along the way and I’m sure after Larkey he could fill the HC roll just a thought might as well dream big right lol.

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12 minutes ago, gchs_uk9 said:

Makes sense as its only about 25 minutes down the interstate. I don't know Chris Larkey at all but I used to know is brother Dackery. Haven't talked to him in a long time, though.

I know Dackery too.  He is a family man and a protector. 

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6 hours ago, RoCkMaN28 said:

Nothing official has been made other then the obvious with Parkey being out. but all signs and word on the street (take it for what it’s worth) but all are pointing toward Larkey. Basically it appears it’s his for the taking and go from there if it doesn’t work out.  Honestly I would be shocked if Larkey isn’t named the new coach, but we shall see I guess. Maybe Rock could land both Larkey as head coach and bring in Blair for the DC. That’s the position Blair has taken at 3 different stops along the way and I’m sure after Larkey he could fill the HC roll just a thought might as well dream big right lol.

I don’t think Blair would go to Rock to be DC. His next move is HC if he wants. If he wants to just be a DC, he’d stay where he is. 

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2 hours ago, InsideTrap said:

I don’t think Blair would go to Rock to be DC. His next move is HC if he wants. If he wants to just be a DC, he’d stay where he is. 

I understand what your saying an your probably right but my luring point was he could come be DC and in return be handed the reigns as HC once Larkey was done. Next in line so to speak. Especially since he grew up here played here and still lives here.

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To me, (from an outsider who's opinion doesn't really matter) Larkey hasn't done enough at North Laurel to trump a shot at Blair or others. It doesn't seem like an automatic hire would make sense. Larkey Sr has done great things for the Rock Community but that doesn't mean Larkey Jr. should be an automatic shoe-in. Just my two cents. For the program's sake, I hope they keep an open mind about who they plan to hire and pick the best man regardless. Not trying to offend anyone, I wish the best of luck to the program and whoever they hire!!

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