Sunday, January 11, 2015

UPIKE Coach Kelly Wells and Late Navy SEAL Collin Thomas Inducted Into Rowan County Senior High School Alumni Hall of Fame

University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells was inducted into the Rowan County Senior High School Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Wells is one of Rowan County's all-time great high school players. He led the Vikings to the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen three times during his high school career and was named First-Team All-State twice.

Following high school, Wells went on to play at Tulsa before transferring to Morehead State.

Wells began coaching at Marion County High School. He then had a stay at Mason County High School that included a state championship in 2003 and a runner-up finish in 2004.

At the collegiate level, he has totaled more than 200 career wins at Hawaii-Pacific and the University of Pikeville (formerly Pikeville College). UPIKE won the NAIA national championship in 2011.

In total, he has more than 400 career wins as a head coach.

Here is footage of the induction ceremony:

Late Navy SEAL Collin Trent Thomas was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Thomas graduated from Rowan County in 1995 and attended Morehead State University, where hwas a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He enlisted in the Navy in 1997. Following basic training and follow-on technical instruction, Thomas reported to Coronado, Calif., for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training.

On August 18, 2010, Thomas was fatally shot during combat operations in eastern Afghanistan.

During his 13-year Navy career, Thomas was awarded two Bronze Star Medals with combat "V" distinguishing device; a Purple Heart; a Joint Service Commendation Medal with combat "V" distinguishing device; a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; six Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals; two Combat Action Ribbons (Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom); four Good Conduct Medals; the National Defense Service Medal; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars; the Iraq Campaign Medal; marksmanship medals with "expert" service device for both rifle and pistol; and a multitude of personal, unit, and campaign decorations.

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