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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