Kentucky High School Athletic Association commissioner Louis Stout, who was also president National Amateur Athletic Union, died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Sachs, after battling an unspecified disease for a week.
AAU spokesman Ron Sachs revealed that Louis Stout had been admitted to the hospital during the week of mysterious illness before passing away on Sunday.
“He will be forever remembered as the architect who established the highest standards for safety and protection at AAU and for ensuring our program’s continued success,” interim Amateur Athletic Union president Henry Forrest said of Louis Stout.
Louis Stout served 21 years as assistant commissioner for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association after signing-up for the job in 1971. During that period, he also became Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s executive assistant commissioner for two years.
In 1994, Louis Stout took over as president of Kentucky High School Athletic Association and served seven years at the position. Louis Stout earned great prominence with that move after he was labeled the fifth commissioner and as the country’s first African-American president of a state high school athletic association.
But Louis Stout took his first initial step towards serious administration in the sport’s world and the possession of significant power by replacing former Amateur Athletic Union president Bobby Dodd, after he was accused of sexually abusing two former high school basketball players as minors at Memphis during the 1980’s.
Although the charges against the 64-year-old Bobby Dodd, who has no prior history of molestation, were never proven, still it provoked Louis Stout to implement strong policies to cultivate a "culture of safety" and trust for young vulnerable athletes at the level.
Louis Stout ensured that extensive background checks were carried out of the adults associating with the young athletes at Amateur Athletic Union’s events. Under the new policy, safety measures were adopted to guarantee that the young athletes were never left unsupervised with adult officials of the Amateur Athletic Union.
"The new recommendations are not because we suspect anyone, but rather because we expect everyone to do their part to create a strong, new culture of safety," stated Louis Stout in June indicating that the policy was just a precautionary measure.
“Words cannot begin to express what Louis meant to this organization or the impact he made on those he came in contact with during his 30 plus years of service to the KHSAA,” stated current Kentucky High School Athletic Association commissioner Julian Tackett.
During Louis Stout’s term as commissioner, there was an increased interest in girls’ participation at volleyball as well as soccer, and sports further evolved with the introduction of fast-pitch softball in 1995. Louis Stout also oversaw the construction of Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s website in 1995.
His interest in sports goes way back, as Louis Stout officiated several softball, baseball and college basketball games and was inducted into various Hall of Fames, including the 11th Region Basketball Hall of Fame, Amateur Athletic Union Hall of Fame and Kentucky Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
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