Hometown Hero Ricky Mooneyhan

By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email
By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email

"He is arguably the most connected person of Franklin-Simpson sports ever and probably forever.  You don't replace people like him."

FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The halls of Simpson County Schools are somber after the passing of Ricky Mooneyhan. He was a beloved Sports Trainer that served Franklin-Simpson Schools for more than 30 years.

"If somebody asked what did Ricky Mooneyhan do for Franklin-Simpson High School, Franklin-Simpson athletics, there were so many things that he did that nobody ever knew about, that he just took care of," said Principal Tim Scholosser.

"There is a saying that you wear many hats, and and Ricky had a lot of hats that he wore. The thing he did the most was he did the things you didn't have to think about and you took for granted, but the biggest thing Ricky did was put people at ease and he took care of the kids," said Doug Preston the Head Football Coach.

Ricky started caring for the sports teams when he was still in high school himself and grew to be the face of Franklin-Simpson Athletics.

"Coaches come and go, but he was kind of the main stay for our athletic program," said Scholosser.

"He is arguably the most connected person of Franklin-Simpson sports ever and probably forever. You don't replace people like him," said David Clark the Assistant Athletic Director.

Now that he's gone the Franklin-Simpson teams say they're playing for Ricky.

"Every game and every sport will be playing their games for him. They won't just play it for themselves anymore, they'll be playing it for Ricky because that's what he would want them to do," said Payne Williams a student at FSHS.

Ricky impacted so many lives in the community, making it hard to say goodbye.

"It's hard to put that into words, how important he was, and how many people he touched. It was obvious when this happened that Ricky had touched this whole community in a deep way, and probably more than he even realized," said Preston.

For serving Franklin-Simpson Athletics and touching the hearts of so many, we honor Ricky Mooneyhan as this weeks Hometown Hero.

On the day of Ricky's funeral the high school dance team was torn whether to go and dance or stay to pay their respects.

They decided to go on and won the competition for Ricky. They will now be going to the State Competition in Frankfort.

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