Pardue ready for return to high school coaching

Expect at least 75 Georgia schools to be looking for new head coaches this offseason. One of the more attractive candidates will be Steve Pardue, who won three state championships at LaGrange (2001, 2003, 2004) before taking a college job at Kentucky in 2011.

Pardue told GHSF Daily the he’s looking to get back into high school coaching next season.

“I miss high school,” Pardue said. “I told [Kentucky] when I was there I was a high school coach. I like the lifestyle. I like playing on Friday and watching college football on Saturday. Don’t get me wrong. We had a great time in Kentucky. Lexington is a great place to live. But I want to be a high school coach again. Selfishly I want a chance to win another championship. I want to make another run at one.”

Pardue said his former school, LaGrange, isn’t an option. He prefers to find a school where he has not been. His son, Chas, is a senior at LaGrange and plays baseball. LaGrange coach Donnie Branch, who was Pardue’s longtime defensive coordinator, resigned earlier this month.

Pardue was out of a job in 2012, when Kentucky fired head coach Joker Phillips, a longtime friend of Pardue’s. Pardue was 161-45 at LaGrange.

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7 comments Add your comment

Football Guru

November 26th, 2013
9:16 am

I smell Parkview all over this one!!!

Dekalb Co Guy

November 26th, 2013
9:52 am

Remember seeing him in Lagrange late last year and was suprised he wasnt coaching somewhere. If he wants a job, he can probably get anyone he wants. I doubt he would want a job like Parkview, think he would be more inclined to take a job similar to what he had in Lagrange, medium size to rural with strong community support.


November 26th, 2013
10:58 am

Good luck Coach..Get ready for the phone to ring off the hook..


November 26th, 2013
12:51 pm

Come on to Cartersville. Great place to live and we need some zeal in the
coaching staff.


November 26th, 2013
1:23 pm

Coweta County. Pick the high school


November 27th, 2013
2:55 pm

I’m not in th know within the community but here at Parkview we do have a small tonw homey kinda feel and the community support is off the meter!

Based on his track record, I would welcome Coach Pardue, but then again I don’t make these decisions. I think the AD is a guy named Whitley.


November 27th, 2013
7:12 pm

Rumor is that Cartersville coach Barden wants to follow son to Charlotte. If that is the case, Pardue, come see us. Cartersville has had too much talent to not have a title since1999.