Eastern Hancock will welcome its newest Athletic Hall of Fame class Saturday night at the intermission of its boys basketball game against Greenfield-Central: the 1968 boys basketball team, Paul “Butch” Holliday, Bob Oakes and Joe Levering into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
1968 boys basketball team
A newly-minted graduate of Butler University, Tom Jones was on the lookout for a job. Well, two jobs.
The Speedway native was looking for a high school history teaching position and opening for a boys basketball coach.
He narrowed his options down to three schools, two of which were Eastern Hancock and Edinburgh.
EH Superintendent George Glenn knew Jones’ high school basketball coach, and assured Jones that he would feel at home in Charlottesville.
Jones, who played for the Bulldogs under iconic coach Tony Hinkle, decided to take the job.
“It was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he said.
In his four years coaching the Royals, the 1968 squad was undeniably his most successful.
That unit was the first team to win a sectional championship following school consolidation.
They played in the old Wilkinson gym, and the team’s point guard, Greg Troy, said the team’s popularity increased as the season went along.
“They had to turn people away once we got rolling,” said Troy, also a co-captain. “I even remember we played at the old gym at Greenfield vs. Mt. Vernon to accommodate the crowd.
“We had an exceptionally good team for a small county school.”