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Statue of Adair County great Edgar Allen Diddle unveiled at WKU
Famous Western Coach was born in Gradyville, Adair County, KY, and lived in Columbia for a time
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The statue of Edgar Allen Diddle was unveiled on November 19, 2005, in front of the arena named for him on Western Kentucky University's campus.
Ed Diddle was born in Gradyville, Adair County, KY, on March 12, 1895. For a time he lived on what is now Guthrie Street in Columbia. He was an outstanding athlete himself. He gained greater fame as a coach at Western Kentucky University.
When he retired in 1964, he was winningest coach in college basketball history.
The statue is 10-feet tall.
On the front is inscribed: Edgar Allen Diddle. Coach 1922-64. Western Kentucky University."One side of the pedestal of the monument has this inscription: "Overall record as WKU head Coach, 1,532 events: 1,040-487-5; Men's Basketball 1922-'64: 759-302; Baseball 1922-'64: 232-155-3; Football 1922-'28 38-24-2; Women's Basketball 1922-24, 11-6. The winningest coach in college basketball history upon his retirement in 1964. Created by Bowling Green native and WKU Alumnus Russ Faxon."
The statue is surrounded by benches and smaller markers, which include:
This story was posted on 2005-11-30 05:53:09
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