Husband of lieutenant gov. candidate lands coaching job at Frankfort

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The husband of a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor has already landed a new job in Frankfort.


Chris O’Bryan has been named the new boys basketball coach at Frankfort High School after winning more than 300 games in 18 seasons at East Jessamine High School, the State-Journal reported.


Earlier this week, it was O’Bryan’s wife, Jacqueline Coleman, who was getting the headlines after being named the running mate for Attorney General Andy Beshear’s run at the governor’s office in 2019.


O’Bryan told the newspaper his wife’s decision to run for lieutenant governor was not a significant factor in his decision, but that he’s been teased about “beating her to the punch.”


O’Bryan said he plans to stay at Frankfort High School regardless of what happens in the 2019 election.


“I see this as being the place where I finish my career,” he told the newspaper.


O’Bryan said he chose to accept the Frankfort job because of the quality of education offered by the Frankfort Independent Schools system, noting that his children are in high school and that Frankfort High School was recently named 19th-best high school in the state by U.S. News and World Report, the newspaper said.


“I think we’ve also got a great opportunity from a basketball standpoint,” he said. “We have a tremendous amount of talent coming back, and there’s a lot of positivity in the community and excitement.”


O’Bryan went 310-229 in 18 seasons with the Jaguars and won 28 games in 2012, a school record, the Herald-Leader reported. The school has not played in the Sweet Sixteen.


“I really enjoyed my two-plus decades in Jessamine County. I got to teach some of the brightest people and got to coach some of the brightest young men,” he said.


O’Bryan will replace Nick Barton, who went 59-88 in five seasons.


Principal John Lyons said Thursday that Frankfort High School is excited about bringing on O’Bryan, adding the school offered him the job because of “everything he brought to the table.”


Specific examples mentioned by Lyons included that O’Bryan racked up more than 300 wins and that he would be supportive of dual-sport athletes, of which Frankfort High School expects to have many. Lyons said he expects the Panthers to regularly compete for the district title and make runs at the region and state title with O’Bryan as coach.


Coleman has worked over a decade in public education, serving as a teacher, high school basketball coach and administrator.
She is currently the assistant principal at Nelson County High School and is working on a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Kentucky.

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