The celebration of LouCity’s championship win continues. Photo by Christian Watson

EDITOR’S NOTE | December 2017

By Angie Fenton

The celebration of LouCity’s championship win continues. Photo by Christian Watson

The celebration of LouCity’s championship win continues. Photo by Christian Watson

Just before we went to press, the United Soccer League announced Mark Briggs of Utah’s Real Monarchs had been named the league’s Coach of the Year, despite the fact that Louisville City FC’s Head Coach James O’Connor led his team to their USL Cup championship win. Wait – what??

Despite this inexplicable decision (diss?), fans, players and surely Coach O’Connor are still savoring the historic win at Slugger Field. In this issue, you’ll find a recap by writer Kevin Kernen and photos by Christian Watson. Want to see even more? Go to extolsports.com.

Kelley Thomas is this month’s Athlete Next Door. Photo by Anna May Photography

Kelley Thomas is this month’s Athlete Next Door. Photo by Anna May Photography

Many of us make resolutions as we head into the new year, and the majority of us fail (present company included). So, why wait until Jan. 1? In these pages, you’ll find inspiration to start today from our Athlete Next Door Kelley Thomas, the Norton Sports Health team, Extol Sport’s own JD Dotson, FamFitter husband ‘n’ wife duo Adam and Kristin Kleinert and others.

The Final Say columnist Zach McCrite returns with an ode to former Louisville coach Rick Pitino after taking a brief hiatus. I’m a Louisville fan living with a UK-loving husband, and as I told him: “Just read it.”

Lastly, with this final issue of 2017, I want to thank you for taking the time to pick up Extol Sports. We debuted in January and have been thrilled to see the Kentuckiana community embrace our publication. Your support – along with our advertising partners – means more than I can convey. Thank you so much.

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