Jon Draud to Be Inducted Into Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame
Kenton County Commissioner Jon Draud has had a long career in local and state politics - but his earlier career in athletics at the high school and collegiate level is earning him recognition.
Draud, a former state representative and Kentucky Commissioner of Education, is being inducted into the Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame. He played baseball for the Colonels (then known as the Maroons) from 1957 to 1960, and was the starting catcher on Ohio Valley Conference championship teams in '59 and '60. He is still listed in the EKU baseball records book with a .473 batting average attained in 1958, just two points shy of the school's all-time highest season average. In 1960, Draud was named to the All-OVC team.
Draud began his career in education and coaching at Holmes High School in 1962, leading the Bulldogs to the 1963 state baseball title. He went on to be superintendent of Ludlow Independent Schools from 1978 to 1997, and was a state representative from Kenton County before becoming education commissioner. He was elected to the Kenton County Fiscal Court in 2010 and again in 2014.
EKU's athletics hall of fame will induct Draud on Saturday, October 8.
Top photo: Draud visits his alma mater in 2008 (Eastern Kentucky University photo/provided)