A popular Williamson High School Athletic Hall of Famer, Doug Layne, died at the age of 73 last week at Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky.

Doug grew up in nearby Chattaroy Hollow in Mingo County. He was an all-state basketball player in West Virginia. After a stellar high school career, he attended Berea College where he held the 3-year scoring record for the Mountaineers of Berea.

He is in the Chattaroy High School, Williamson High School and Berea College Halls of Fame.

Doug played and was a standout on the Class AA state championship basketball team for the Williamson Wolfpack in 1964.

He was retired from the Brevard County Schools in Florida where he served as a teacher and coach, and finally as assistant principal at Palm Bay High School. He was also an administrator and coach at several other Brevard County schools.

When he graduated from Berea College, he was the JV basketball coach and later coached the baseball team.

Doug was known as a great athlete and coach. He was later a Kentucky State Championship racquetball player. He loved playing golf with his friends and family.

As coach, he took great pride mentoring all his students and players and many of them stayed in contact with him throughout their lives and expressed their appreciation often.

Doug is survived by his loving wife Louise Boggs Layne, his children Jeff Layne and Nikki Nixon, his sisters Mildred South and Kaye Layne of Columbus, Ohio and his brother Bud Layne of Parkersburg. Bud was the former Sports Editor at the Williamson Daily News.

Doug was also preceded in death by a brother Paul Layne of Chattaroy.

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n The wife of legendary Williamson Wolfpack football coach John Moricle passed away. Phyllis "Fillie" Jiunta Moricle was 96. She was well known in the area and was a member of the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame committee for many years. She is survived by her daughters Pam and Lea Ann.

n West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced that George Campbell, a 6-4, 205-pound, redshirt senior wide receiver from Clearwater, Florida, has signed a grant-in-aid and will transfer to WVU from Florida State University as a graduate transfer. Campbell will have one year of eligibility remaining. He was a former 5-star recruit.

n Brown has announced that Jarret Doege, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound, junior quarterback from Lubbock, Texas, has enrolled at classes at WVU after transferring from Bowling Green State University. Doege will have three years remaining to play his final two seasons.

n Safety Kenny Robinson has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. Entering into the portal does not make it mandatory for a player to leave his current school, but if Robinson does leave Morgantown he would have three years to play two seasons at his next school. The news was first reported by 247Sports.

Robinson was an All-Big 12 first-team pick last season as a sophomore and was second on the Mountaineers with 77 tackles in 2018.

Junior Derrek Pitts of South Charleston also entered the portal a day after Robinson.

Pitts, a former 4-star recruit has played both safety and cornerback. In 10 games last year Pitts finished with 27 tackles, 5 for a loss and grabbed an interception.

n WVU right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah was a very high draft pick in the recent 2019 MLB draft. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Manoah with the No. 11 overall pick. Mountaineer catcher Ivan Gonzalez was the second WVU baseball player to be taken in the draft, being selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 8th round.

n Brown has announced that Alonzo Addae, a 5-11, 178-pound, redshirt junior safety from Pickering, Ontario, has enrolled at classes at WVU after transferring from New Hampshire. Addae will have to sit out this year and will have one year remaining to play his final season.

Kyle Lovern is editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at 304-236-3526 or via e-mail at