After having four different head football coaches over the past four seasons, three actually staying long enough to coach a game, Mercer County knew their next hire had to be a long term solution.
Following the big name hire of two time Kentucky State Champion Head Coach Paul Rains, who coached the Titans to a 5-7 season and their first playoff win in three years, they knew the coach also needed to be an established, successful coach.
With Rain’s departure coming late in the offseason, the school also understood how getting a coach with both of these attributes may be hard to find and even harder to hire.
Despite all those things working against the Titans football program, Mercer County Senior High School was able to connect on a Hail Mary, pun intended, by hiring former Campbellsville University Assistant Coach and five time state champion Chris Pardue as their new head coach.
“One of the biggest things that brought me to Mercer County was the character of the staff,” said Pardue. “Superintendent Dennis Davis, Malissa Hutchens, Terry Yeast and Jaziel Guerra have excellent leadership qualities and understand the key roll athletics plays in a high school. Knowing how passionate they are about the program and how much they want it to succeed really made me feel comfortable coming back to high school football.”