Burkhart, last basketball coach at Black Star and Hall, dies at 87


James Burkhart was the last basketball coach at both Black Star and Hall high schools.

James Burkhart, the last basketball coach at both Black Star and Hall high schools, died on Friday at Harlan ARH.
Burkhart was a retired school teacher, having taught for 31 years with the Harlan County Board of Education. He has served as the pastor of the Ages Baptist Church for 30 years.
Burkhart’s son, Bucky, was the girls basketball coach at Cawood High School for 11 years and led the Trojanettes to four district championships from 2001 to 2004. He coached track at Harlan County HIgh School.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home.



1966 James Burkhart 7-19
1965 James Burkhart 11-15
1964 James Burkhart 12-15
1963 James Burkhart 16-13
1962 James Burkhart 2-21

Black Star

1961 James Burkhart 19-9
1960 James Burkhart 12-14
1959 James Burkhart 10-16


The Black Star district championship team of 1960 is pictured. The Eagles, led by coach James Burkhart, defeated Benham, Harlan and Cumberland to win their final district title before closing the following year.