Steve Pardue has resigned as football coach at LaGrange (Ga.) High School after 17 years and three state titles.
Pardue was 161-46 in 17 seasons, but the Grangers finished 5-6 this year -- their first losing season in 11 seasons.
LaGrange has had quite the pipeline to the University of Kentucky, sending standouts Wesley Woodyard, Qua Huzzie, Quenton McCord, Braxton Kelley, and Demoreo Ford north to Lexington to play for the 'Cats.
Pardue is a Hopkinsville native, playing for Fred Clayton at Christian County High School. He later lettered in football three seasons at Austin Peay State University. His first head coaching job was at Crittenden County where the Rockets were 17-23 from 1987-90.
Pardue is also the brother-in-law of former Caldwell County football coach Pat Gates.
Could Pardue be headed back north to pursue another coaching challenge?
“I’m at peace, and I’m excited about whatever’s next,” Pardue told the LaGrange Daily News. “I know from a personal standpoint I’ve got to find something that’s real time-consuming.”