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Celebrate Father’s Day with Jennifer Smith’s Stoops family feature

Image via @UKCoachStoops

Image via @UKCoachStoops


Take a break from honoring the father figures in your life with a feature written by the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jennifer Smith about the father of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops.


The piece outlines the extraordinary legacy left behind by Ron Stoops Sr., whose four children each went on to become NCAA Division I football coaches. Although he passed away unexpectedly in 1988, the Stoops father provides a lasting presence that undoubtedly feels a little closer on special days like today.


“’You didn’t realize how many people he affected until he passed away,’ Mark said of the packed house at Saint Dominic. ‘It was unbelievable, the outpouring of support. People just packed the church and came to the wake. It was really kind of an inspiration to all of us, to say, ‘Wow. What an incredible person he was.’”

Join us all in wishing a happy Father’s Day to every family of the Big Blue Nation.

Article written by Connor Link