Congressman Rogers honors Haywood

Teddy Paynter

GOODY — The honors continue to pour in for Kentucky's winningest high school football coach.


Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers honored Belfry legendary mentor Philip Haywood during a visit to eastern Kentucky on August 3.


Coach Haywood was presented an American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor and a framed copy of remarks that Congressman Rogers had submitted to the Congressional Record to recognize the coach's career accomplishments.


"Coach Haywood's state football championships and national recognitions are only a reflection of the tenacious work that goes on behind the scenes," Rogers said. "In the locker room, on the practice field and outside of the school, he is a true champion."


Congressman Rogers said Haywood was more than just a football coach.


"He is a life coach, driving hope in these mountains now for over four generations of football players and families," Rogers added.


Most recently, Haywood, whose career is championship laden and unmatched when it comes to success, was selected as Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.


He has guided Belfry to six state football championships, including four straight in Class 3A.


Haywood enters this season with 417 wins.