Mercer hires Pardue as football coach
Mercer County has named former Boyle County coach and current Campbellsville University offensive coordinator Chris Pardue as its new football coach, according to a report from WKYT-TV in Lexington.
Pardue spent 16 years as an assistant coach or head coach at Boyle. He was 22-15 in three seasons as head coach, and he was the offensive coordinator for all five of Boyle’s championship teams from 1999-2003. He was inducted into Boyle’s football hall of fame last fall.
He continued to live in Perryville even as he spent the last four seasons at Campbellsville, where he helped lead the Tigers’ resurgence under head coach Perry Thomas.
Pardue becomes the fourth coach in five seasons at Mercer. He replaces Paul Rains, who resigned after a single 5-7 season to take the job at Letcher County Central.
On a side note, it seldom fails that whenever I take a couple of mental health days, I miss some news, and it’s happened again. Even so, I’ve come to realize more and more how much the mental health days matter. The rat race goes on even when you sit out a couple of laps now and then.