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Hancock football pioneer dies at 94

September 09, 2007

Paul Imphong, who started the football program at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, died on Friday. He was 94.

Imphong began the varsity football program at Hancock in 1957 and it did not take long for the team to find success. The Panthers had six winning seasons in seven years from 1959 to 1965, including a 7-0-1 campaign in 1965 that still stands as Hancock's best season.

Imphong coached the Panthers until 1971, finishing with a 44-73-4 record. He also was a teacher, assistant principal and athletic director during his tenure at Hancock.

Imphong remained close to the Hancock football program in the years after his retirement, and the school dedicated the football field in his name in 1998.

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He was inducted into the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

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