Tates Creek football coach Mike Harmon resigns

mfields@herald-leader.comApril 9, 2014 

Harmon

Mike Harmon, who has been involved in Tates Creek football for a big part of his life, has resigned as the Commodores coach.

Harmon said it was a "combination of things" that led him to make "a very tough decision." He said he will look into moving into school administration, and he may pursue his doctorate.

Health issues were also a factor. Harmon, 41, has had two heart procedures in the last couple of years.

"I do think it's time to take care of me, too," he said.

Harmon was an all-city lineman at Tates Creek in the late 1980s. After playing college football at Marshall, he came home and served as a Commodores' assistant for five years.

Harmon left Tates Creek to become head coach at Lafayette in 2001, and built that program into a consistent winner. He had a record of 49-27 in seven years with the Generals.

Harmon returned to Tates Creek as head coach in 2008, and his teams went 26-40 in six seasons.

"The program is in a better spot overall, especially financially," he said. "We've got six home games and a bowl game next season, so that's seven money games.

"We won the district last year. We've got a good group of returning players, an extremely strong freshman class, and a good group of eighth-graders.

"We've upgraded all the equipment, we've got new uniforms ... I think it's a good opportunity for someone to come in and take it to the next level."

Will Harmon, who also coached professional arena football for a while, miss football?

"Absolutely," he said. "I love the sport. I love the kids. I love Tates Creek."

Harmon wouldn't rule out a return to coaching someday.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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