New ECHS football coach could be named Monday

by Chris Goltermann

alt

East Coweta could have a new head football coach as early as Monday after veteran Clint Wade, above, announced he was stepping down last month. 


East Coweta’s football program closes a chapter when it hosts its annual awards banquet today. But another could be ready to begin just as quickly this week. The Coweta County Board of Education will hold a called meeting on Monday to discuss personnel, where it is expected to approve the hiring of the Indians’ next head coach. The job at East Coweta, which came open when Clint Wade recently decided to step aside following 22 years in the program including the last six as head coach, has garnered tremendous interest throughout the state and into the college ranks. Wade, who worked under Danny Cronic as an assistant and defensive coordinator before being promoted in 2007, said he felt the timing was right to “pass the torch” to someone else after leading the Indians to a 38-29 record for a win percentage of .567, a tad lower than Cronic’s .711 (148-60).
The Indians have maintained a streak of state playoff appearances that reached 17 last fall. Wade’s successor looks to equally get East Coweta back over .500 following back-to-back losing seasons, a challenge the program hasn’t faced since 1983. The recent struggles have come as a member of Class AAAAAA in the GHSA’s highest classification. “I feel the football program is headed in the right direction,” Wade said when announcing his decision last month. “I wouldn’t leave it if it were in shambles and I feel comfortable enough to step away and let the next person have at it.” Highest among names rumored with the opening has been Steve Pardue, who led LaGrange to a 161-45 record, including Class AAA state champion- ships in 2001, 2003 and 2004, in 17 seasons before leaving to join friend Joker Phillips as an assistant at the Univer- sity of Kentucky. Phillips was fired following the 2012 season. Pardue recently told the Georgia High School Football Daily that he was looking to return to the high school level. His son, Chas, is a senior baseball player at LaGrange, which also had an opening following the 2013 season. “I miss high school,” Pardue told the GHSF Daily. “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.” East Coweta’s current football staff also includes one of Pardue’s former quarterbacks, J.R. Revere. Pardue, who participated in the long-standing rivalry between LaGrange and Newnan while with the Grangers, went 6-5 in games against the Cougars.


More Sports

High School Soccer

Hawks advance to Elite 8; Heritage girls lose in OT

The Heritage School’s soccer programs experienced both sides of the emotional spectrum in the first round of the GISA Class AAA Soccer ... Read More


High School Baseball

Cougars seal second, home playoff series

Newnan head baseball coach Marc Gilmore set specific goals for his team at the beginning of the season. One was to play well enough to secur ... Read More


High School Tennis

Khan, Crimes earn titles at 1-AAA tournament

Lineups representing The Heritage School dominated Thursday’s Region 1-AAA tennis tournament at the Peachtree City Tennis Center to ea ... Read More


High School Tennis

Indians fall in first round of tournament

The 2014 tennis season came to an end Wednesday afternoon for East Coweta’s boys with a Colquitt County 5-0 in the first round of the ... Read More


High School Baseball

Northgate rolls past Mundy’s Mill in 4-AAAAA

JONESBORO — All the scoring was done in the first two innings, but Northgate held off Mundy’s Mill on the road for an 8-4 Region ... Read More

High School Lacrosse

Indians open Coweta Cup with win over Vikings

East Coweta’s boys lacrosse team didn’t look ready to give up its hold of the Coweta Cup on Wednesday at Northgate. The Indians ... Read More