Legendary Breathitt coach, J.P. Deaton, passed away Wednesday afternoon in Lexington. The former Lady Cat coach led his 1987 girls' team to the quarterfinals of the Sweet Sixteen, amassing a record of 138 wins against only 67 losses in his tenure as Breathitt's girls' coach. Prior to coaching girls' basketball, Coach Deaton etched his name in Breathitt basketball's folklore as Coach Fairce Woods' longtime assistant. It was through Deaton's tutelage at the freshman and sophomore levels that many of Breathitt's state teams were built. His many years of leading Breathitt High basketball teams, boys and girls, won him statewide respect. J.P. was a walking encyclopedia of Breathitt basketball history and was anxious to share with anyone who wished to learn of the Golden Age of Breathitt basketball. Our sympathies go out to the Deaton Family, as well as the Breathitt basketball community.

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