High School Sports

French leaving Boyle County to coach football at Southwestern

Larry French
will reunite with his son Steven, who joined the coaching staff.
Larry French will reunite with his son Steven, who joined the coaching staff.

Larry French, with 277 career victories and two state titles, is ready for a new challenge in high school football.

French is leaving Boyle County, where he led the Rebels to undefeated Class 4A championships in 2009 and 2010, to take over at Southwestern, a 5A school in Pulaski County.

"Sometimes change is good," French said Tuesday morning. "I'm looking forward to a new challenge, to kind of rekindle my interests."

French, 62, is also looking forward to having his son Steven join him as an assistant at Southwestern.

Steven French played for his dad at Meade County, and later helped him coach at Lincoln County and Boyle County. Steven has been an assistant at Central Hardin the past three seasons.

"We thought it'd be a good idea in my last few years of coaching if we could get together again and bring the family a little closer together," Larry French said.

French kept Boyle County among the state's elite. He had a six-year record of 72-11, including four undefeated regular seasons.

French will face a rebuilding job at Southwestern. The Warriors have gone 4-16 over the past two seasons.

"It's a big school with a lot of kids, and it'll be our job to get those young people out and bring them together as a team," French said.

"If they're willing to listen to us and trust us, work hard and do what we ask, we'll have a chance to win."

French said it's a 30-minute drive from his home in Lincoln County to Southwestern, about the same as his commute to Boyle County.

Boyle County will be the third 4A powerhouse to change coaches this off-season. Dale Mueller retired at Highlands, and will be succeeded by Brian Weinrich, the Bluebirds' longtime defensive coordinator. Bill Letton stepped down at Lexington Catholic. The Knights hired Central Hardin's Mark Perry to replace him.