Douglass introduces hoops coaches


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Frederick Douglass High School still doesn’t have an official mascot as of today.

The students will decide that once school starts.  But the new boys and girls basketball programs have their coaches.

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MOD Pizza off Winchester road the site for Kurt Young and Shawn Ransom being introduced Friday to the media.

Young of course was at Mercer County last season and has experience at the NCAA DI and D2 levels as well as NAIA and high school levels including a state runner up finish with Hopewell, Virginia.

Ransom comes from Bryan Station after four years with the Defenders.  The Paris alum has spent 17 years in all coaching in Central Kentucky at Bourbon County, Lafayette, Paris and Station.

So, simple question guys, why lead inaugural programs?

Hear from Young and Ransom in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at