Legendary Football Coach Roy Kidd Passes Away at 91

Legendary Football Coach Roy Kidd Passes Away at 91

RICHMOND, Ky. – The world of football mourns the loss of a legend, Roy Kidd, who led Eastern Kentucky to two NCAA Division I-AA football championships in his illustrious career. Kidd, aged 91, passed away recently, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations.

A Hall of Fame Career

Kidd’s coaching career spanned from 1964 to 2002, during which he won an impressive 314 games with the Colonels. His leadership led EKU to I-AA titles in 1979 and 1982. The Corbin, Kentucky native also guided EKU to 16 Ohio Valley Conference titles and achieved an incredible streak of 25 consecutive winning campaigns among 37 non-losing seasons.

Tributes Pour In

Current EKU coach Walt Wells expressed his deep respect and admiration for Kidd, stating, “There aren’t enough words to express everything that Coach Kidd meant to Eastern Kentucky University and the EKU football program.” Wells also acknowledged Kidd’s influence on him as a coach, father, and husband.

A Lasting Legacy

After retiring in 2002, Kidd was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame the following year. At the time of his retirement, he ranked second all-time in wins. In recognition of his contributions, EKU’s football stadium is named in his honor.

In January, Kidd received the American Football Coaches Association’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. This prestigious award honors those “whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football.”

A Life Dedicated to Football

Beyond his coaching career, Kidd was also a standout athlete. He was a four-time letterman in football and baseball at EKU. As a quarterback, he set a dozen records and maintained a .300 batting average all four years on the baseball field.

Remembering Roy Kidd

EKU and Kentucky players honored Kidd during Saturday’s matchup in Lexington with helmet stickers. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sue, three children, and numerous relatives and friends.

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