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Robert Ervin Awarded The 2017 Garnis Martin Outstanding Coach Award.

Robert Ervin Awarded The 2017 Garnis Martin Outstanding Coach Award.

Bill Stephens

April 14th, 2017


Union County High School Athletics is proud to announce head wrestling coach Robert Ervin has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association/Kentucky High School Coaches Association Garnis Martin Outstanding Coach Award. The Garnis Martin Outstanding Coach Award is presented to a Kentucky high school coach whose career has distinguished itself as exceptional in coaching accomplishments, community service and other honors/awards. Coach Ervin will receive his award at the annual Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association Banquet in Louisville at Papa John’s Stadium on April 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM EST.

Coach Ervin returned to his alma mater in 2003 as an assistant coach, taking the reins of the UCHS wrestling program as the head coach in 2011. He has steadily turned the UCHS wrestling program into the most dominant wrestling program in the state of Kentucky. In the last 15 years, Union County High School has produced 29 individual state champions; including the only five-time state champion in Kentucky wrestling history, Brock Ervin. Also during the last 15 years since Coach Ervin returned to UCHS wrestling, the Braves have produced 100 state placers. There are less than a handful of schools who can boast 29 individual state champions and 100 state placers in their respective schools’ wrestling history.

“Union County is extremely fortunate to have someone with Coach Ervin’s integrity, character, work ethic and knowledge leading our wrestling program” said Union County Athletic Director Jeremy Tackett. “Robert is an outstanding person; he is a guy that as a parent you want your child to be involved in the wrestling program, because you want him to coach your kid,” Tackett added.

In the last 11 years, Union County has won six state championships and finished as the state runner up three times. The Braves have finished no worse than third at the KHSAA wrestling state championship since 2007. Coach Ervin has been a part of eight of the nine UCHS state wrestling championships either as an athlete or coach. He won two individual state titles and was a part of two team state championships in the 1980’s as a UCHS Wrestler.

Jeremy Tackett
Athletic Director
Union County Public Schools
Inspiring The Champion Within

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