Louis Stout, who lived a notable sporting life in Kentucky as an athlete, coach, official and administrator, died Sunday morning at St. Joseph Hospital from what the family called a “heart incident.”
Mr. Stout was 73.
He was best known for his 30-year tenure with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
He became KHSAA commissioner in 1994, the first black in the nation to head a state high school athletic association. He stayed in that position until he retired in 2002.
“Louis really was a kid-centered person,” KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett said. “Some of the things I do today in my position are a direct reflection of his philosophy.
“He believed in making opportunities for kids, and whether it made adults happy or not was irrelevant. If the kids were getting the benefit, that’s what was most important.”
Brigid DeVries, who succeeded Mr. Stout as KHSAA commissioner, said he had “a larger-than-life personality.”