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July 23, 2012

Honoring Mitchell

CORBIN — By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer

Former Lynn Camp football coach David Mitchell shared a lot of laughs and a few tears when more than 150 friends and family members gathered to remember his 35 years as a football coach on Saturday.

“It made me feel pretty good and very proud that I was able to have such a positive impact on so many different people,” Mitchell said. “Some former players told me I was the only father figure they had growing up.”

Players from Mitchell’s first year as a coach all the way to his last year showed up and he didn’t have any trouble recognizing them.

“I think there were players there from every year that I coached,” he said. “It reminded me of the main reason I was there for so long. There wasn’t one person show up that I didn’t recognize.

“We shared so many stories. I just really appreciate everyone that came out and shared memories from the past 35 years. It was very special to me.”

Some of the stories included the time Mitchell led Lynn Camp to a victory over Hazard when they were the top ranked team in the state in 1997 and the time his Wildcats made the playoffs for the first time.

“We shared a lot of great memories,” Mitchell said.

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