LaGrange’s Pardue steps down
LaGrange football coach Steve Pardue resigned this week after 17 seasons during which he won 161 games and state titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004.
“I’m at peace, and I’m excited about whatever’s next,” Pardue told Kevin Eckleberry for this story in the LaGrange Daily News. “I know from a personal standpoint I’ve got to find something that’s real time-consuming.”
Pardue’s teams won eight region titles. LaGrange was 115-17 from 2000-09 and was named GHSF Daily’s Class AAA program of the decade.
Four LaGrange linebackers during that era – Qua Huzzie (2008), Tray Blackmon (2004), Wesley Woodyard (2003) and Sam Olajubutu (2001) – were named Class AAA defensive players of the year.
Pardue is a native of Kentucky. He joined LaGrange’s staff as an assistant in 1991, when the school won a state and national title.
LaGrange finished 5-6 this season, its first losing season since 1999.
Pardue is one of seven head coaches whose