SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
‘King Kelly’ Coleman documentary in the works
By Aaron K. Nelson
Floyd County Chronicle
The Kentucky Sports History Foundation is seeking to produce a series of brief documentaries on significant figures and moments in the state’s illustrious athletic folklore, and they have partnered with the city of Wayland to focus the first one on “King” Kelly Coleman.
Coleman, a fixture of the pantheon of Kentucky sports heroes in his own right and a legend in Wayland, was named Kentucky’s first “Mr. Basketball” in 1956 after a high school career that saw him rack up over 4,200 points in 127 games, among numerous other records that still stand today.
The Mountain Sports Hall of Fame was founded with the goal of restoring the gymnasium where Coleman plied his trade, and giving a new generation of kids the chance to play on the same court as he and his fellow Wayland Wasps did.
Wayland Mayor Jerry Fultz said the town is excited about the prospect, as a means to drive tourism into the small town.
“I see a resurgence building,” Fultz said of Wayland’s future. “We’re working on a foundation for some great things to come.”
Last week, as principal photography wrapped up for the upcoming Coleman documentary, the Mountain Sports Hall of Fame held a cookout and fundraiser at the Wayland Gym, with Coleman himself in attendance alongside Central City’s Corky Withrow and Senator Johnny Ray Turner.
The Mountain Sports Hall of Fame has previously said their project will take an estimated $1.5 million, and are seeking several grants in addition to their direct fundraising efforts. For more information, you can find them online at, facebook.com/MountainSportsHallofFame.