The 36th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Coach Nell Fookes

Coach Nell Fookes is the winningest high school basketball coach in Northern Kentucky history. She began her 26th season at the helm of Boone County High School this fall with a career record of 576-207.

The victory total ranks fourth all-time in Kentucky girls prep coaches and second in career victories among active coaches in the Commonwealth. Her 576 victories rank No. 2 among all-time Greater Cincinnati high school coaches.

Under Coach Fookes’ direction, the Lady Rebels have never had a losing season. Boone County has won 19 District championships, eight Region Nine titles, six Region Nine runner-up finishes and has participated in eight Kentucky state tournaments. Her 1998 team finished 31-3, losing to Montgomery County, 42-40, in the Sweet Sixteen semifinals.

Coach Fookes has been inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame and the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

In 2010, she was named a National Coach of the Year finalist by the National HS Athletic Coaches Association. Coach Fookes has been named Northern Kentucky Coach of the Year numerous times, and in 2000 was named Northern Kentucky Coach of the Decade for the 1990s by the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Coaches Association.

In 2002, she was honored by the KABC and the KHSAA by being named to the Basketball Coaches Court of Honor for her contributions to girls’ basketball on and off the court in the state of Kentucky.

A native of Bedford, Virginia, Fookes was a four-sport athlete and went on to be a four-year starter in basketball at Radford University. She was an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University before becoming the head coach at Boone County in 1985.

Currently, Nell Fookes lives in Florence, Ky. with her husband, Dean. They have two sons, Derrick (22) and Christopher (18).

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