Remembering Coach K

written by journalism student Summer Neal

You may not have known Darrell Kingery personally, but there is a good chance your life was affected by him. Whether he was your science or physical education teacher, track or cross country coach, or just a friend, he impacted your life, whether you know it or not.

Kingery was a teacher at Clarksville High School for 27 years, the track and field and cross country coach at CHS for 25 years and then would go on to coach at Silver Creek High School. Some of his accomplishments are leading the Silver Creek boys’ cross country team to four sectional titles, and the boys’ track and field team to two sectional titles. He also earned multiple state titles including coaching Amanda Bell (CHS class of 1999) the 1998 women’s individual cross country Indiana state champion, and two-time 1,600 meter run girl’s Indiana state champion in 1997 and 1998 and in 1999 an Indiana All-Star and Tracy Alexander the 300 meter hurdles Indiana state champion in 1988. “Within a couple of months after joining the team, I wanted to make him proud just as much as I wanted to make myself proud. That drove me everyday for the next four years,” Bell said.

In 2005, Kingery changed the Clarksville Relays to the Sgt. James Daniel Faulkner relays at Clarksville High School in honor of one of his student athlete’s whom he was very close to. “Winning the Daniel Faulkner Relays meant more to Coach K then even winning the Mid-Southern Conference that year. He pushed us everyday, made us believe in ourselves, and instilled a dogged, relentless pursuit of a goal to defend our home track,” Nick Wilson said,” No matter where I was or what I was doing, I always kept that medal close by as a reminder of the individual life lessons Coach Darrell Kingery taught me in the shot put and discus rings and in the classroom.”

Not only was Kingery a coach, he was a family member to all of his runners.”He knew my parents weren’t around that much after my parents divorce in high school and I was very close to going down the wrong path. If my husband and I had gotten married in Louisville, I would have asked him to walk me down the aisle. I’ll continue to spend the rest of my life hoping that I make him proud up in heaven,” Bell said.

Kingery also helped run the Paavo North North Camp for 25 years. The Paavo North Camp is a 5 day camp in Michigan that focuses on cross country running and running long distance running. “His leadership was of few words, but his silent leadership was incredibly infectious. His actions would speak many louder words. They don’t make them like Coach Kingery anymore,” Coach Marshall Sellers of the Paavo North Camp said. Sellers and Kingery worked together at the camp throughout the years.

Kingery taught science classes at CHS including Biology and Chemistry. His coworkers knew him as the guy who could always make you laugh. “Darrell was the teacher across the hall from me; snakes, lizards and mice kind of guy. He had such a quiet demeanor. He always chose his words wisely and what he had to say was always worth listening to. He would get tickled pink over a comment he would make and you couldn’t help but laugh,” Christine Allred, fellow teacher at CHS, said. Kingery retired from CHS after the 2010 to 2011 school year.

Darrell “Coach K” Kingery passed away on Thursday Nov. 1, 2018 at the age of 65. Clarksville High School’s track is in the process of being named after Kingery, and the students at Clarksville Community Schools celebrated Kingery’s life with a spirit day on Monday, Nov. 5.

CHS alumni unite to fund scholarships

photos courtesy of Clarksville Community School Corporation

story by journalism student Summer Neal

The Annual Clarksville High School Alumni Association Golf Scramble was held Friday, Sept. 21 at the Wooded View Golf Course in Clarksville, Indiana. The scramble helps fund scholarships exclusively for CHS students. There was door prizes, a hole-in-one prize of $10,000 and a chance at a flat screen television sponsored by Doug Fisher State Farm. Fisher is  a CHS graduate of the class of 1979.

“The competition in itself is all in good fun, in which return is for a good cause,” Christie Coleman, one of the directors of the scramble and CHS class of 1993, said. In 2017, the scramble helped to raise $2,500 to create scholarships for the CHS class of 2018.

“We had a good turn out this year, it always depends on our sponsors,” Coleman said. Alumni of CHS and others of all ages are invited to participate in the scramble every year on the Friday of the Homecoming football game, CHS alumni who pay their yearly dues get in to the game for free.

Mixed teams (men,women and youth) were encouraged. “The scramble is mostly from the older generation. There could be many reasons why the younger generations are not involved, work, school or maybe some just are not interested in paying golf,” Coleman said.

More alumni join the scramble every year. “The competition is getting harder and I keep getting worse,” Jason Faulkner, CHS class of 2001, said,”It was my most enjoyable one yet, they get better every year.” Faulkner has been participating in the scramble for more than five years and plans on continuing to participate for years to come, like most people who do play.

“I enjoy it the same amount every year,” Lincoln Ottersbach, Providence High School class of 2014, said. It is not uncommon for people who are not alumni to join in on the scramble. “I meet new people who otherwise I would have never known since I didn’t go to Clarksville. My siblings do (go to CHS) and one day my kids will and it makes me happy to know that me playing can help them and their friends out.”