The new head football coach for the Rowan County Senior High School Vikings is someone familiar to the high school football team and familiar to the Rowan County community in general. Kelly Ford, who has served as an assistant coach under five head coaches at Rowan County Senior High School, was named to take over the helm of the high school’s football program.
At a press conference held at the high school’s Performing Arts Center on Monday, January 30, 2017, Ed Jones, RCSHS assistant principal and athletic director told the assembled crowd of football players, parents, and supporters that when the screening committee began the task of searching for a new head football coach, they put together a set of characteristics they wanted to look for in a coach.
“They wanted longevity – someone who would commit to putting time into the program. They also wanted someone that could make a smooth transition when taking over the program. Finally, they wanted to find someone who was loyal to the district, the school and to the Viking football program,” said Ed Jones. “I think every person on that committee and everyone here can agree that Kelly Ford embodies each of these characteristics.”
Football has been in Kelly Ford’s blood for years. He was a member of the Caverna High School football team and then played for the Morehead State Eagles football program. After graduating, he worked as an assistant to former MSU head football coach Matt Ballard. Later he was an assistant with former RCMS football coach Mike Kash before moving to work as an assistant coach at Rowan County Senior High School.
“I’m proud to be a Viking,” said Head Coach Kelly Ford. He then pointed to his wife, Raven, who works with 4-H, and his two daughters, Haven, a 6th grader, and Kelbie, a 1st grader, and said, “As you can probably see, I am committed to staying here. I grew up in a small town, so when I came to Morehead to go to college, this size of town was the perfect fit for me. It still is.”
Coach Ford spoke about his work with the Morehead Parks and Recreation system, saying that he knew many of the community’s children by their first name because of having worked with them in the youth sports programs. He spoke about the many football coaches that he has worked with or who have inspired him.
“I’ve been around a lot of good people who have inspired me to what I’m doing and to do my best,” said Coach Ford. “I have learned important lessons from every coach that I’ve worked with over the years. Being around good people is what has made what I am today.”
He then addressed the football players and their parents, saying, “I have a vision to move this program forward and develop a tradition of greatness. But before we can move forward, we have to change the culture. It’s going to take teamwork to change the culture and it’s going to take teamwork to build tradition. Let’s dream the dream.”