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Campbellsville High School announces that coach Phil Gowdy is the Eagles’ 2013 Inductee for the Fifth Region Athletic Directors’ Hall of Fame.
Gowdy was born and raised in Campbellsville where he attended Durham School until the eighth grade. After integration laws were passed in 1963, Durham High School closed and merged with Campbellsville High School.
Gowdy graduated from CHS in 1967, where he was a standout basketball and baseball player. After graduation, he was drafted into the Army, serving two years, including one year in Vietnam.
After his Army stint in 1972, Gowdy enrolled at Campbellsville College on a basketball/baseball scholarship and was named to the All-KIAC Conference Baseball Team all four years of his career. While attending Campbellsville College he met and married his wife of 40 years, Linda. They have two children, Aaron and Brittany. In 1976, Gowdy graduated from Campbellsville College with a degree in Education.
Gowdy has been involved with coaching since 1979, when he was named the head baseball coach at Caverna High School and also served as an assistant coach in basketball to Campbellsville native, Kim Shaw. The Colonels won the Fifth region basketball championship in 1979.
Gowdy was named head girls’ basketball coach at Caverna, a position he kept until 1992.
In 1992, Gowdy had the opportunity to come back home to Campbellsville High School where he was named the head girls’ basketball coach and also served as an assistant to Jim Ward for the Eagle baseball team.
In 1994, he was named the head boys basketball coach for Campbellsville Middle School and led his teams to six seventh/eighth grade conference championships. His last team went 25-1, winning the eighth grade conference tournament. He served in both of these coaching positions until his retirement in 2007.
After retirement, Gowdy’s love for baseball continued as he still volunteers his time as an assistant baseball coach to head coach Kirby Smith.
He has been part of the Eagle baseball staff that has won five straight 20th District Tournament championships and one Fifth Region Runner-up.
Baseball has been a special part of his life at CHS with many special memories for the Gowdy family. His father, along with two brothers and son, played their careers on the CHS baseball field.
Gowdy was also known as one of the best amateur softball players in the state with lightning speed, fielding abilities and excellent hitting skills. Because of his outstanding softball abilities, in 1979 Gowdy was signed by the Kentucky Bourbons to play professional softball where he started in the outfield for the Bourbons and helped lead them to the division championship. The Bourbons advanced to the Softball World Series, falling to Milwaukee in the final game of the nine-game series which was televised by ESPN. In 1981 he played for the Lexington Stallions and was selected as a member of the Western Division All-Star Game, which was played in Cleveland, Ohio.
Gowdy received several awards during his coaching career including being named in 1986 and 1990 as the SKAC Baseball Coach of the Year. In 2011, Gowdy was selected as the Fifth Region Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year.