Bart Rison - 2002
Bart Rison, a native of Ravenna,
Kentucky, become a two-sport standout at Faulkner State during the mid-1970?s
and has gone in to enjoy an outstanding coaching career in his native Kentucky.
Rison was recruited by Hall of Fame Coach
Jack Robertson during his early tenure with the Sun Chiefs and enjoyed two
highly successful seasons in both basketball and baseball. As a freshman during
the 1974-75 seasons, he averaged 8.6 points per game and hit a shot from
mid-court to beat Gadsden State in the Alabama Junior College State Tournament.
The team finished 19-12. Then during his sophomore season, Rison was the
starting point guard on a team that averaged 91.7 points per game and posted a
26.-8 record that stands as one of the best in the school?s history. Rison
averaged 9.9 points per game himself, but his main role was getting the ball to
three teammates who had averages of 21, 19 and 16 points,
During his sophomore year he was team
captain and also earned Most valuable Player honors for the Sun Chiefs as he hit
54 percent for the field and 73 percent for the charity line. His two years
with the Faulkner State basketball team produced a 45-20 record for the
In his two years with the Faulkner State
baseball team, Rison hit .383 and .436, respectively, and helped the Sun Chiefs
post a combined record during those two seasons of 61-22. His 51 runs scored
and 31 bases on ball during 1977 season were both school records at that time.
As a sophomore, Rison was named to both the Alabama junior College Conference
All-Region Team and the American Association of College Baseball Coaches
After graduating from Faulkner State,
Rison attended Athens State College, where he played on the same team with
another Hall of Fame member, Gary Redus.
Upon graduation from college, Rison
returned to his native Estill County, Kentucky, where he served as head
basketball coach for five years, compiling an 81-59 record. He then moved to
nearby Montgomery County high School where he has spent the last 16 seasons.
His teams have combines for over 400 wins with 10 district championships, one
regional title, and four regional runner-up positions.
In addition to his coaching in
basketball, Rison recently became head softball coach, and in his very first
season directed his team to the regional title game. He has also served as a
baseball umpire for two decades and umpired in 14 Kentucky State High School
State tournaments. In 1998, Rison was inducted into the Kentucky High School
baseball Coaches Association hall of Fame.
Rison is a member of the 10th
Region Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and is the only two-time President of the
Kentucky High School Coaches Association. He coached the Kentucky. All Star in
their series in the nation, in 1998.
Rison?s wife Sue, works for an accounting
firm in Mt. Sterling. He has two children, Becca and Daniel, who are students
at Montgomery County high School where his brother Phil, serves as Assistant
Principal and Athletic Director. Coach Rison?s parents, Johnny and Barbara
Rison, reside in Irvine, Kentucky.
From his long time success as a
basketball coach, to his distinguished career as an umpire, along with other
roles, such as assistant football coach during his early tenure to softball
coach as his most recent undertaking, Rison has always excelled as a teacher of
sports and- a teacher in the game of life for his players. Today he continues
to do so.