KHSAA Inducts Former Guardsman into Hall of Fame

Story by Cadet Zachary Dooley, 133rd MPAD

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Former Kentucky National Guardsman and University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard with his wife, Chief Warrant Officer Jennifer Maggard. Freddie was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Saturday, March 21. A former member of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, Freddie is currently the Kentucky National Guard’s Community Relations Liaison.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Kentucky National Guardsman and University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Saturday, March 21.

Maggard, formerly of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, is currently the Kentucky National Guard’s Community Relations Liaison.

Calling himself a “team-first” person, Maggard says of his accomplishments, “So many contribute to all 10 of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame inductees.  From Little League coaches to the folks that help to prepare game fields, nobody gets to that level alone.  The collective should be celebrated, not the individual.”

Maggard’s accomplishments at Cumberland High School include 12 varsity letters in three sports. Maggard led the Cumberland football team to two state championship game appearances all while garnering All-State honors as a quarterback and defensive back in 1986. Maggard was a three-year starter, 1,000 point scorer and earned All-State honorable mention while leading Cumberland to two district titles. In baseball, Maggard was a four-year starter and All-State selection as a pitcher and center fielder. He posted a 28-1 record, a .400 career batting average and led Cumberland to three consecutive regional championships. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1987 Major League Baseball draft.

Maggard later went on to be a two-way star at the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, Maggard was a team captain and was named three-time All SEC Academic Team.

Maggard offered a word of advice to other aspiring athletes, “Growing up I played football, basketball, and baseball. My community name on the front of the jersey was more important
to me than my name on the back. Play em all, let the scouts and recruiters sort it out”.

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