Group Pushes for Garry Kreis Highway

As he battles brain cancer, former Coalfield Head Football coach Garry Kreis has one former player who is working to honor his former coach.
"There were a number of folks trying to figure out how to honor him and I came up with the idea of naming the stretch of Highway 62, that connects Oliver Springs where he played with Coalfield, where he coached," Brad Jones said.
The idea has taken off, with local and state officials hopping on board with Jones' efforts. "This is one of the best parts of this job when you get to honor people, or groups, who have made a difference in their community," State Representative Kent Calfee said. "It shouldn't be a big deal for us to get this done."
Kreis starred at wide receiver for the Vols in the late 1960's before heading to Coalfield as an assistant coach. After spending 21 years as the head coach he retired in 2008. But, the last few years have been consumed with a battle with cancer. While the coach fights, former players and friends work to honor Kreis for everything he did for Coalfield.
"He was a great coach, and an even better man," Jones said. "We have set up a memorial fund at all 5 area locations of Citizens bank to come up with funds to erect a statue in his honor in Coalfield."