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Friday, April 22, 2016

Dan Baker Elected to Kentucky Track & Cross Country Hall of Fame

Bluebird coach will be honored at Red Dog track meet May 10

Andrea (Reitano) Burkhardt with Coach Dan Baker in 2001. Provided. 
Former Highlands High School coach, Dan Baker, is the newest member of the Kentucky High School Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.

A winner of multiple Kentucky state titles and “Coach of the Year” awards during his tenure as Highlands’ Head Cross Country and Head Boys Track coach [Enq: from 1994 to 2009], Dan received the ultimate award this year with his induction into this prestigious group.  He is to be honored for his achievement with a brief ceremony at Highlands’ “Red Dog” Track Meet, May 10 at Tower Park.

Dan coached from 1994 through 2009. He lead the Girls’ Cross Country teams to three state titles, and numerous top 3 team finishes in both cross country and track and field. In addition, his boys' track team never finished worse than third at the AA State Meet for 11 consecutive years: from 1998 through 2008.

Former athletes who he mentored over the years are encouraged to attend the meet and help him celebrate his achievement.

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