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Harp resigns as LHS football coach

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Sam Harp

After four seasons in Lebanon
Sam Harp has tendered his resignation as head coach of the Lebanon High football program.

A Hall of Fame coach in Kentucky where he won seven state championships at Danville High, Harp informed the team of his decision following Friday's (Oct. 28) 45-0 loss at Franklin High.

Harp posted the following on his Blue Devil Facebook page Saturday, Oct. 29:

"To those that supported us and know the inside of this program and what battles there are to fight daily, thank you.

"To the naysayers: If you really want this program to change, then do something to help it.

"Get involved instead of running your mouth and doing nothing but complaining. I have always said that there are two jobs in America that everyone else think they can do a better job - being President of the USA or coaching.

"You should pat these kids on the back for staying with it, when they could have hung it up like so many others did. If you want to help make a change here, then help change the culture.

"I sincerely wish nothing but the best for this school and football program. God Bless."

According to LHS principal Scott Walters, Coach Harp's resignation is effective Nov. 5 -- the day after the Blue Devils travel to undefeated Memphis Whitehaven in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

"Coach Harp is a man of great character," said LHS Principal Scott Walters. "Our students have learned a lot from him, and I have no doubt that he has wanted the best for the program during his time at LHS.

"I have personally enjoyed working with Coach Harp, and I wish him the best in whatever he pursues next.

"In looking forward, we will take some time to evaluate what our program needs in order to take it to the next level and make very careful decisions about the future."

After compiling a record of 326-106 in 32 years as a head coach in Kentucky, Harp's Lebanon teams never found their footing--- going 6-35 overall during his four seasons with at least one game still to play.

During his four-year tenure at Lebanon, Harp saw three directors of schools in Mike Davis, Tim Setterlund and Dr. Donna Wright, two principals at LHS, Myra Sloan and Scott Walters and two athletic directors Darian Brown and Zach Martin.

Harp has reportedly accepted a position as an assistant coach at Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg, Ky. -- located close to several members of his family.

Anderson County was one of Harp's first coaching assignments and he'll be working under one of his former players at Anderson County, head coach Mark Peach.

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