February 6th, 2018

Wallace introduced as new St. X football coach

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Conor Revell

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Wallace introduced as new St. X football coach
Kevin Wallace speaks at press conference / photo by Megan Stearman

Kevin Wallace is 57 years old and has never lived outside of Warren County. That will change in the near future.  

St. Xavier introduced Wallace as their 19th head football coach Tuesday afternoon at the Brother John Wills Activities Center.

“This is a special day for me, my wife Dana, and our two sons,” Wallace said. “We have been an athletic family with an athletic background. When you have coached as long as I have, you understand what it means to be the head coach at St. X.

“This is a special place. This is a relationship business. I look forward to developing relationships with my staff, administration, and players so we can reach the goal that everybody has at St. X and that’s to produce elite people. Obviously, we hope to win a lot of football games along the way and that’s what we’re going to build for and work together to do. I’m humble I get the opportunity to lead St. Xavier.”

Wallace replaces Will Wolford who had been the head coach for the past five seasons and went 44-22 leading the Tigers to the 2017 Class 6-A state title game.

“There are a million things I need to do,” Wallace said. “The first thing I have to do is organize my coaching staff and meet with them and figure out what direction everybody is going. After that, I need to get to know our players, not just how to coach them, but to know a little bit about them, and know their names. That’ll be a big challenge. I want to be in a position by March that there’s a comfort level and we can trust each other. I think that’s essential when it comes to my role.”

Wallace is already a legend when it comes to high school football in Kentucky having compiled a 299-102 record at Bowling Green High and Warren East. His win total is 11th all-time in the state

Wallace had been the head coach at Bowling Green since 1996 and won five state titles (2011, 12, 13, 15, and 16).

“He’s a really good man that believes in kids,” St. X athletic director Alan Donhoff said. “He said two or three times during the press conference about relationships. One of the hardest things for him to do was to walk away from the kids in Bowling Green not just because of winning or having lived in that area his whole life but because of the relationships he has built here. We know he’s going to do that here and we look forward to that.”  

Prior to coaching at Bowling Green, Wallace was the head coach at Warren East from 1984-93 before joining the Purples as an assistant in 1993 and took over as interim head coach three years later.

The Purples won 48 straight games from 2011-14 during Wallace’s tenure, the second longest winning streak in Kentucky high school football history, only two wins away from tying Trinity’s 50 straight wins. Coincidentally, the Tigers ended that streak.

St. X has won 12 state titles themselves, but none since 2009, the longest drought the school has ever gone without a championship.

“My style in terms of what we’re going to do offensively is to gear play calling and gear our offense to what our quarterback can do,” Wallace said. “At the high school level that can be different year to year. Then it has always been my theory that you feed your best players. You try to give them space and let them make plays in space. We’re going to have a defense that will be aggressive and attack.”

It’s also the chance for Wallace to coach against archrival Trinity at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium every September, a series that has been lopsided as of late as the Tigers have lost seven straight in the series, 14 of the last 15, and 18 of the past 20 meetings.

“I’ve always wanted to go to the St. X vs. Trinity game but I’ve been a little busy,” Wallace said. “It’ll be a different environment. I understand the pressure. I think in coaching pressure is what you put on yourself. Nobody wants to win more than myself, staff, and players. That’s the ultimate pressure.

“I understand what people want here. That’s what I want. We just have to figure out a way to elevate the program. It’s already at a good place. I’m not trying to act like I can wave a magic wand and erase things I can’t erase. We’re going to add to what we’ve done and see if we reach a level St. X hasn’t reached before.”

Wallace’s contract will start March 1st and will work in the building. The contract hasn’t been finalized yet.

“We did want someone who was going to work at the school,” Donhoff said. “Will was fantastic. Will was great in terms of how he did it. We were fortunate to have the past five years. We decided this time from the beginning we wanted somebody who was going to be in the building and him interacting with everybody in the building and school life.” 

 

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