Posted: 9:05 am Monday, January 27th, 2014

East Coweta hires former LaGrange coach Pardue 

By Todd Holcomb

Steve Pardue, the coach who led LaGrange to three state championships nearly a decade ago, was named as East Coweta’s head coach on Monday.

Pardue will replace Clint Wade, who was 38-29 in six seasons. East Coweta has reached the state playoffs each season in the highest classification since 1997 but advanced only once (2012) since Danny Cronic’s retirement in 2007.

Pardue led LaGrange to state titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004 before taking a college assistant job at Kentucky in 2011

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.

Pardue returned to live in LaGrange last year but did not coach. His son, Chas, attended LaGrange and played on the school’s baseball team.

He expressed his desire to return to coaching to Georgia High School Football Daily in November.

“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.”

 

1 comments
CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

Steve Pardue is not the Head Coach many want you to believe. He took over a program at LaGrange that was built by some excellent assistant coaches and the previous Head Coach at LaGrange who developed talent.  Pardue whines the entire game at Officials, led undisciplined teams his last few years at LaGrange and is not impressive as a Head Coach.  Good Luck to East Coweta who has a history of taking coaches from LaGrange High School and making them their head coach.  Danny Cronic did a pretty good job for LaGrange and East Coweta but Pardue is no Danny Cronic.