Legendary Eastern Kentucky University football Head Coach Roy Kidd will forever be overlooking the EKU football team after his statue was unveiled Saturday before the Colonel’s home opener against Tennessee Tech.
The statue, which is located in the north end of the stadium, is positioned so that Kidd will be looking out onto the field as the Colonel’s play their home games in Roy Kidd Stadium.
Kidd was a player for the Colonel’s in both football and baseball from 1950-1953.
As a quarterback on the football team, Kidd was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team and he was also named a “Little All-American” in 1953.
Kidd took over as head coach of the Colonel’s football team during the 1964 season and lead te program for 39 years before retiring in 2002.
He finished his coaching tenure at EKU with an overall record of 314-124-8 becoming the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history.
During his 39 years at the helm, Kidd lead the Colonels to 16 OVC tournament championships and two NCAA National Championships in 1979 and 1982.
Kidd is third all-time in NCAA History with the most wins at a single school in any division.
He was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2003.
The statue was unveiled in front of a large crowd, that included Kidd, his wife Susan, family, and former players, during a ceremony before Saturday’s game.
The ceremony opened with Eastern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller stating, “It’s a great damn day to be a Colonel.”
The statue was funded by private donations led by a group of his former players that included former Colonel Rick Sang who was on hand and spoke during the ceremony.
Sang said of his former coach, “Because of you, we all know what it’s like to be winners.”
Dr. John B. Savage Jr., an orthopedic surgeon from Canton N.Y., who was the sculptor in charge of creating the statue of Kidd, also attended the ceremony.
Kidd was gracious during the unveiling and wanted to thank his fellow coaches and players stating that, “This statue represents the players and the coaches as well.”
But in true coaching fashion, Kidd wanted praise share the praise with his coaches and players too.
He said that he wanted a large wall surrounding the statue that named coaches and players during his tenure adding, “I’m honored, but if you want to make me happy, do that.”
The statue, which was covered by a temporary curtain, was presented to the crowd with Kidd and his wife standing beside it.
The statue proudly displays Kidd wearing a Colonels sweater with his 1987 National Championship Ring on his right hand.
Kidd ended his speech by calling up his former coaches and leading an E-K-U chant with his former players and the rest of the attendees.