New PLD football coach meets team


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Paul Laurence Dunbar football is under new leadership…again…for the 9th time since 2000 and 7th in the last decade.

Wes Johnson the top Bulldog.

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The former West Jessamine head coach still holds the all-time wins record for the Colts at 27-21 during his tenure from 2001-2005.

He’s also been an assistant at PLD and LCA with some time away from the field in between.

The big family man says he’s stealing a page from Coach Cal when it comes to turning around the program coming off a winless campaign in 2017.

It’s gonna be about being the best version of yourself and players first allowing guys to be involved in picking uniforms and forming a players council.

Hear from Johnson 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