Kevin Burkhead has been involved with sports all his life. This past May could be his last season on the diamond.
Burkhead, a 1985 Campbellsville High School graduate, has decided not to remain on Nelson County High School’s baseball staff as an assistant.
Burkhead has lots of fine memories of his time in Campbellsville as his baseball coaching days started with the late Robert Kearney and the Little League Twins in 1986.
Youth sports have always been Burkhead’s first love and he is probably the only person to have coached three local athletes who became professionals.
He coached PGA golfer John “J.B.” Holmes and St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA baseball player Zack Cox with the Babe Ruth Braves and coached Andy Baldwin, who pitched in the Detroit Tigers’ organization, on the Babe Ruth All Stars.
Burkhead won three league titles with the Braves plus a state championship and one Little League crown with Kearney’s Twins. He won over 150 games in Babe Ruth League baseball, regular-season and all-star games combined. He also was part of three Community Club football titles with Mitch Overstreet and even won a regular-season and tournament title in Community Club basketball.
At Nelson County, he was part of four district baseball championships and one region runner-up squad.
An odd accomplishment in his Babe Ruth baseball days was he had two players — Marcus Anderson and Adrian Shively — who lead his Braves to over 100 stolen bases in one season.
Burkhead will continue to coach the Nelson County High School girls’ golf team which he has done since 2003 and had two individuals qualify for three state tournaments. His Lady Cardinal squad was third in region last fall. He has had one player be regional runner-up and has had four of his girls earn college scholarships.
Burkhead, you might remember, is also the only person to see every Campbellsville University varsity football game (all 258 of them) since 1988 as the team’s statistician. He also did the junior varsity games of 1987.
Ironically, he committed to work for Fighting Tigers’ head coach Ron Finley at — you guessed it — a Babe Ruth League baseball game.