Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

KCU Sports

May 1, 2013

KCU spring game this Saturday, Peterson names coaching staff

May 1, 2013 — Kentucky Christian University will be hosting its Spring Game (intra-squad) on Saturday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.

While the program at KCU is entering its sixth season, it has been successful beyond expectation. The Knights finished 2012 ranked #25 in the NAIA. Not bad for a school of 550 that has a football tradition going back only to 2007.

But, it was a tough winter, with the surprise departure of second year head coach and former NFL wide receiver Mike Furrey, along with several of the coaches.

For some, this change foretold a reining in of the success at KCU. But this is not the expectation of the administration, and certainly was not the plans of the remaining coaches. The school selected quarterbacks coach Gene Peterson to the head spot, and he secured the core of the coaching staff to stay on.

Then Coach Peterson and the staff set to work to find the best talent and most experience they could to continue to develop the squad. He has 30 years of football coaching experience, mostly at the high school level, and he has been at KCU for the past two seasons.

Larry Blackburn, the defensive coordinator, in his third year at KCU, was an All-America at Fairmont State in 1967, on both offense and defense. Fairmont State College (now University) won the NAIA National Championship that year, with Larry and his brother Barry as the defensive ends. Larry was also a running back who set a school single season school record of 1,288 running yards.

Barry Blackburn, offensive line coach, special teams coordinator, and twin brother to Larry, was an All-WVIAC player at Fairmont State, and a leader on that national championship team. He retired from coaching high school football in Ohio after 40 years as a coach, and nearly as long as a teacher. He also coached at Salem International, and came to KCU prior to the 2011 season. He is Mike Furrey's father-in-law.

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