Harp leaving Danville to coach Tennessee school

December 19, 2012 

Sam Harp, who guided Danville to seven state football titles in 25 years, is leaving the Admirals to take over as coach at Lebanon High School in Tennessee.

"It's just time for me to make a move," Harp told the Nashville Tennessean.

Harp will draw his teacher's retirement from Kentucky, and earn a full salary at Lebanon. Another factor in his decision was family. His daughter Kila Sweeney and grandchildren live in nearby Hendersonville.

"Sure, it's tough, but family is more important to me and that's a huge reason for the move. I'm looking for a new challenge and I feel like I've done everything I can do at Danville and it's time to turn the page and move on."

Harp's 326 career victories rank fifth in state history. Most of those wins (276) came at Danville, including state championships in 1989, '91, '92, '94, 2000, '01 and '03.

Harp coached at Calloway County and Anderson County before going to Danville.

Lebanon, a Class 3A school near Nashville, has had six losing seasons in a row.

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