Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame

April 13, 2015 Hall of Fame Working


Information about Nominee:

Name: John Bond

PO Box 72
Benham, KY 40807

Information about Person Making the Nomination:

Name: John Henson

94 Maple Drive
Harlan, KY 40831

Category of Nomination:






Primary KHSAA Basketball Region: 13

Secondary KHSAA Basketball Region: 0


Coached at which High School(s): Cumberland

Year of Retirement: 2008

Nominee's Accomplishments at the High School Level in Kentucky:

John Bond turned Cumberland into a small school mountain powerhouse throughout the 1980s and 1990s, leading the Lady Skins to a pair of state tournament appearances in the 1980s and the first two All “A” Classic state titles in the early 1990s. He inherited a program that had won only game in the first year of girls basketball in Kentucky in the fall of 1976 and led a steady improvement from three wins in his first year to 10 the next year, then 12 and then 21 in 1979. By 1981, Cumberland ended Cawood’s run of five straight 52nd District titles. Cumberland made its first trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 1984 in Richmond and returned two years later in Bowling Green, becoming the first Harlan County team to win a game in the state tournament by knocking off Miss Basketball Kris Miller and Owensboro Catholic. Now in his 52nd year of teaching, Bond continues his lifelong passion of working with students while volunteering as the middle school coach at Cumberland, touching the lives of yet another generation of Harlan Countians. A 1961 graduate of Benham High School, Bond was a baseball and basketball standout at the small coal mining town before moving on to the University of Kentucky. He earned degrees at UK in 1966 and 1971 before returning to the Tri-Cities area of Harlan County to begin a long teaching and coaching career.

Uploaded Files:

Bond nomination form

Bond support info

Uploaded Photos:

John Bond

Electronic Signature: John Henson

Date Submitted: April 4, 2019