Sowder "I can't believe I get to do this"
From a family of college basketball and specifically University of Kentucky Wildcat fans, Brent Sowder has watched an unknown number of games on the floor of Rupp Arena.
While many of those games stand out for him, three trips to Lexington are special. As a member of the Campbell County coaching staff, he has been on the bench as the Camels played in the KHSAA State Tournament in 2015, 2018, and 2019. The Camels lost in the semifinals to Trinity this year. Trinity would go on to claim the state title.
“We started attending the state tournament in 2000s, and I fell in love with it,” said Sowder. “It became a dream to coach in the Sweet 16. I can’t believe I get to do this.”
While he now dons the purple and gold, he lists the Wildcat team of 2005 as his favorite memory. “Watching that team do what they did and the whole county rally around them, it was amazing.”
“I always watched those games and wondered what it would be like to coach in a game that has all of Rupp buzzing,” he said.
For Sowder, it’s not just about the games but rather the camaraderie with coaches. He got his start at Pendleton County from Chad Simms and was a member of Ed Cravens staff before Aric Russell gave him a spot on the Camels staff.
After an exciting run this year, he now knows what it feels like to be on the floor with fans crazy.