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July 26, 2013

Denney, a 12th Region icon, gets award

National Boy’s Assistant Coach of the Year given to PCHS ‘86 title winner

Somerset —

Quite frankly, basketball has been his life.
When you think of the legendary coaches that have patrolled the sidelines in the 12th Region, a few names immediately come to mind — Dave Fraley, Rodney Woods, Joe Harper, Wade Upchurch, and Jerry Stephens to name just a few.
And, behind every good coach is a quality assistant coach, and this guy is as good as they get.
North Laurel assistant coach Roscoe Denney completed his 41st season as a basketball coach this past season, and he is a name that is quickly associated with basketball in the 12th Region.
And because of that, Denney recently was given one of the most coveted awards any coach would be glad to receive.
Back in June, Denney traveled to Des Moines, Iowa where he was named as the National Boy’s Assistant Coach of the Year — an honor for a man that was certainly deserving of this award.
In the 41 years Denney has spent coaching the game he loves, most of that tenure has been inside the 12th Region.
He was an assistant coach for Fraley and the Pulaski County Maroons, the year PC cut the nets down in Rupp Arena way back in 1986.
In 2005, he was an assistant coach at South Laurel, as the Cardinals brought home a Sweet 16 crown back home to London.
Through it all, Roscoe Denney has seen a little bit of everything, and he has been one of the top ambassadors for the sport of basketball over the years, especially inside the 12th Region.
It was Denney that did much of the leg work and got the 12th Region Basketball Coaches Association off the ground and running some 25 years ago. He wrote the by-laws, got everything organized, and got all the coaches inside the 12th Region on board and 100 percent behind the project.

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