Longtime cross country, basketball, and track coach Denny Carrigan lost his long battle with cancer early Wednesday morning. Tributes have flooded social media since Denny’s passing. Not only was he a tremendous coach, but more importantly, he was an excellent science teacher at Ohio County Middle School where he taught for 26 plus years. Mr. Carrigan was never one who enjoyed having the spotlight on him. He preferred that to be for others. He never did anything for recognition, he simply wanted to help others in any way he could. The impact he had on the Rising Sun and Ohio County community has been reflected through the numerous mentions on social media since his passing.
Denny’s coaching included cross country, basketball, and track. Carrigan’s cross country teams won six ORVC conference titles and a Sectional championship in 1997. His teams also made two semi-state appearances in 1996 and 1997. Carrigan also guided the 1997-98 boys basketball squad to an improbable Sectional title that included a triple overtime victory over Hauser in the championship game.
Denny’s coaching accomplishments speak for themselves, but Denny’s coaching was much more than just about winning titles. The main focus was always on life lessons. How could he better prepare his players and his students to be ready for all the hurdles that life throws at you? That will always be more important than any meets or games won. When you find a person like Denny that has all the priorities in line, you want to hold on to that and be as close as possible to him for as long as possible. That’s what makes losing a man like that so difficult. Although we lost a great man on Wednesday, we will have those life lessons he taught all of us forever.
There will be a visitation for Denny Carrigan in the Rising Sun High School gymnasium on Friday from 5 PM to 7 PM. The visitation will be followed by a Memorial service at 7 PM. The family would like to encourage friends to share their memories at a time set aside during the Memorial service.