PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- One of eastern Kentucky’s longest-tenured football coaches has found a new home at UPIKE.
Former Prestonsburg High School head coach John DeRossett has been hired as UPIKE football’s linebacker coach, the program officially announced today.
DeRossett, has most recently served as PHS’ head coach for 22 years. Before that, he started his career as an assistant at Belfry High School, was an assistant at Prestonsburg, then got his first head coaching job at Betsy Layne High School.
“I have followed [UPIKE head coach Allan Holland, Jr.] since his high school career and am honored to be a part of his staff,” DeRossett said. “I have witnessed firsthand on just a few visits as to what a family atmosphere exists in the football program and UPIKE campus.”
In DeRossett’s last season with the Blackcats, Prestonsburg won the district title at 7-5 and reached the second round of the 2A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. He led the Blackcats to a 176-94 record across his 22 seasons at the helm.
DeRossett is a graduate of Prestonsburg High School, then attended Georgetown College before completing his degree at Eastern Kentucky University. He is married to his wife Linda and have two daughters, Alexis and Allyson, and one grandson, Joshua.
“I am honored to serve the student-athletes and will work hard each day to help them reach their goals both on and off the field of play,” DeRossett said.