Earlier this week, our Johnson Central Family, Eagle Nation, and the entire Commonwealth lost a true giant and mountain legend. Jim Matney passed away Tuesday, leaving an enormous chasm in the fabric of high school football in Kentucky. While his records speak for themselves, his lasting impact is far greater than numbers. The countless lives that he changed while at Sheldon Clark and Johnson Central stand as the measure of his character, impact, and legacy. Johnson Central Football is where it is today because of Jim Matney and we will forever be thankful that he, Debby, Dalton, and Carson chose to be part of the Johnson County School District.
Johnson Central would like to recognize and honor Jim’s wife, Debby, and two sons, Dalton and Carson, along with the entire Matney family. To Honor Coach Matney’s contribution to and impact on football and wrestling in Kentucky and particularly Johnson Central, the Johnson County Board of Education and Superintendent Thom Cochran made the decision to dedicate and rename Eagle Field...Coach Jim Matney Field. This will stand as a symbol of the unmatched legacy and impact he leaves at Johnson Central High School.