In Memory

Ed Miracle (Football Coach)

From The Harlan Daily Enterprise
The leader of one eastern Kentucky's most memorable football dynasties passed away on Thursday. Former Lynch head coach Ed Miracle, 83, died after fighting an illness.
Miracle, a Middlesboro High School graduate, came to Lynch in 1957 from Jenkins, where he was a basketball coach and assistant football coach. During his 15-year tenure as the head of the Lynch football program the Bulldogs captured 13 Class A district titles, made eight trips to the state championship and captured four state titles.
"We worked them awful hard, and they were willing to work," said Miracle in a 2009 interview with the Enterprise. "We started off pretty good and kept improving, improving, improving."
Miracle's Bulldogs captured the first Class A state title in 1959 with a dominant 40-0 victory over Henderson Douglas at Stoll Field in Lexington. He also led Lynch to state titles in 1960, 1963 and 1968.
Miracle later relocated to Madison County, where he served as a coach and athletic director until retiring in 1992, when he was indicted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Upon retirement, Miracle continued to live with his family in Madison County.
Miracle was a standout running back at Middlesboro during his own high school career. He went on to play at Eastern Kentucky University as a running back and defensive back.
Roberts and Powell Funeral Home in Richmond made the arrangements of the funeral

Former Ky. high school coach Ed Miracle dies

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 08:59 AM

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A former high school coach known for creating an eastern Kentucky football dynasty in the 1950s and ‘60s has died.  Ed Miracle, 83, died Thursday at a hospice center in Richmond, according to the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.  Family members told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Miracle had been ill for several months.

He was best known as the man who coached the former Lynch High School in Harlan County to 13 Class A district championships, eight state finals appearances and four state titles.  He also coached winning basketball and football teams in Madison County, where he was a coach and athletic director until he retired in 1992.

He was inducted into the KHSAA/Dawahares Hall of Fame the year he retired.