Former EKU head coach Roy Kidd has been named the 2023 recipient of the AFCA’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award.
The award, which honors those “whose service has been outstanding in advancing the best interests of football,” will be presented to Kidd at the AFCA Awards Luncheon on Jan. 9 at the 2023 AFCA Convention in Charlotte. , North Carolina.
Kidd retired after the 2002 season with an overall record of 314-124-8 (.705) over 39 years at Eastern Kentucky, making him the winningest coach in EKU history. .
During his tenure at Eastern from 1964-2002, he led the Colonels to 16 Ohio Valley Conference titles and made what was then a record 17 Division I playoff appearances. the NCAA. EKU participated in four consecutive NCAA national championships, winning the 1979 and 1982 national titles.
“It makes me very proud,” Kidd said of the honor. “It makes me very proud of my staff and all the players we had. They were the people who made the victory possible. It’s quite an honour.”
East Kentucky’s championship tradition began in 1967 when Kidd led his team to a 27-13 Grantland Rice Bowl victory over Ball State to win the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship. A two-time Football League Subdivision National Coach of the Year and 10-time OVC Coach of the Year, Kidd has led his teams to 37 unbeaten seasons, including a 25-season winning streak. .
Kidd, who has coached 41 players to National Football League teams, 55 All-Americans and 202 first-team All-OVC selections, is a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.
A former president of the American Football Coaches Association, Kidd was twice named Sportsman of the Year by the Lexington Herald. He was a member of the inaugural class of the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s highest football award each season, given to the best high school football player in the state of Kentucky, is named the Roy Kidd Award. Beginning with the 2003 season, the OVC Coach of the Year award was named OVC Roy Kidd Coach of the Year. Kidd was inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame on May 30, 2003.
Kidd received four varsity letters in football and baseball as a student-athlete at Eastern. While setting a dozen records as a quarterback, he was an All-Ohio Valley Conference pick and a “Little All-American” pick in 1953.