Kelly Wells
Honorary Alumni Award 2017

In 2011, UPIKE men’s basketball coach Kelly Wells led the Bears to the NAIA Men’s Basketball Division I National Championship, earning Rawlings Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year honors in the process. Last year, Wells became UPIKE’s all-time basketball wins leader. Off the court, he has helped raise awareness of organ and tissue donation as the spokesperson for the Kentucky Organ and Donation Association and through his Wells Tough organization. He and his wife Shawne live in Pikeville with their children, Kaylee and Mason.


Past Recipients of the Honorary Alumni Award
1980 - Creg Damron, Ed Elder, Bob Tarbeck
1981 - Mary Evelyn Rogers
1982 - Dr. Lee Scott, Ruth Scott
1983 - Paul Patton
1984 - Wilfred S. Martin
1985 - Ruth Chrisman
1986 - Alma Culton, Maurice Bailey
1987 - Vivian Day, Jim Andy Caudill
1988 - C.V. Snapp
1989 - Eddie Grigsby, Leon Huffman
1990 - Jackie Owens
1991 - Terry Fitzer
1992 - Lt. Gov. Paul E. Patton
1993 - Ed Love
1994 - Burlin Coleman
1995 - Djien & Leonor So
1996 - Paul Gearheart
1997 - William H. Owens
1998 - Father Ralph Beiting
1999 - Chad Perry 
2002 - Dale and Martha McNeely
2003 - Karen Smith
2004 - Glenn Brown
2005 - Drs. Rakesh and Seema Sachdeva
2006 - Johnnie LeMaster
2007 - John Strosnider, JoAnn Strosnider
2008 - Margaret Arnett, Dr. Wallace Campbell, Jane Campbell
2009 - NA
2010 - Danny VanHoose
2011 Spring - Bruce Walters II, Kelly Wells
2011 Fall - Frank Justice, Mattie Justice
2012 - Leslie Combs 2013 - Wayne Martin
2014 - Donovan Blackburn and the Pikeville City Commission
2015 - Andrew Joyce, Rusty Justice
2016 - Boyd Buser

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