Yogi Kinder to hang it up after 2016 season

Kyle’s Korner ….

After 38 years on the football field, he will be hanging up his whistle and putting his coaching turf shoes away. A longtime fixture in the local coaching ranks, Yogi Kinder announced at the Mingo Central media day that the 2016 season would be his last.

Kinder, who now has a little gray hair, is a former Matewan High School athlete started his coaching career at nearby Phelps, Ky. back in 1978. He eventually moved to his alma mater where he became an assistant coach to David Mark McCoy for the Tigers of Magnolia (Matewan) High School.

Kinder took over as head coach at Matewan after McCoy hung up his cleats. Kinder built a powerhouse and won a Class A state championship back in 1993.

Kinder was named coach of Mingo Central after consolidation combined Williamson, Matewan, Gilbert and Burch six years ago.

Kinder is well-known around the state and in past years coached the North-South All-Star game in Charleston and the old Kiwanis Senior Bowl and Hatfield- McCoy Bowl games here in the Tug Valley area. He has coached a lot of young men over those four decades.

This will be the sixth season for the Miners and Kinder believes he will leave the program in good shape.

Don’t be surprised if Kinder is still on the sideline somewhere in the future helping someone. Football is in his blood and he will go to his grave on the grid iron.

… Miner senior linebacker Caleb Lester, a first team Class AA All-State selection as a junior, announced he will be attending Concord to play football. Lester, who is also a running back, is expected to have a big season for MCHS in 2016.

Seniors Tyler Grimmett and Daniel Buchanan are two other players who are expected to get scholarships. Both will make their announcements at a later date.

… John Moses, who was the “voice of the Wolfpack” in the early 1960s on WBTH 1400 AM in Williamson, passed away this week. Moses had four sons, all who played sports for Williamson High School.

Danny Moses, who was an All-American basketball player in the early 1970s, was well-known. Larry, Billy and the late Scotty Moses are also well-known to the maroon and white Wolfpack fans. John is also a member of the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

John later became an insurance agent and then a magistrate in Mingo County. He has been living in Logan County the past few years.

I am thankful to say I am friends with all of the Moses’ clan and stay in touch with Danny and Larry. I send my sincere condolences to the Moses brothers and their families.

(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

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