Chris Engstrand announced Thursday that he has stepped down after two seasons as head football coach at Fairdale High School. He cited “family reasons” and said there was no pressure to resign after posting a 5-16 record during his tenure.
“It had nothing to do with a decision by the administration,” Engstrand said. “I’ve never been around an administration that so badly wants to be so good. That bodes well for the future here.”
Fairdale finished 3-8 this year, falling 56-21 to Collins in the first round of the Class 4-A playoffs.
Engstrand was the head coach at Western Hills (2005) and Henry County (2006-09) and an assistant at North Hardin (2010) before taking the Fairdale job.
Fairdale athletic director Ernest Smith said he “was very happy with the direction of the program” under Engstrand.
“We’re disappointed there has to be a change, but it can’t be avoided,” Smith said.
The school is accepting applications for the job.
Other coaching news
* The Nashville Tennessean reported that longtime Danville football coach Sam Harp resigned to become the coach at Lebanon (Tenn.).
Harp won seven state titles at Danville, the last in 2003, and has a career record of 326-106 over 32 seasons at Calloway County, Anderson County and Danville. His 326 victories rank fifth all-time in Kentucky.
“It’s just time for me to make a move,” he told The Tennessean. “I can double dip in this move, but I’m also looking at it as a second career opportunity. I just love coaching football and plan on doing it for many more years.”
Harp will draw his teacher’s retirement from Kentucky and earn a full salary at Lebanon.
* Ben Bruni has stepped down after eight seasons as football coach at Warren East. He posted a 55-39 record and led the Raiders to regional championships in 2007 and 2012.
Fern Creek honors former wrestling coach Richardson
Fern Creek named its wrestling room in honor of former coach Jim Richardson during a ceremony last week.
Richardson was the Tigers’ head coach from 1970-79, leading them to a state championship in 1975 and runner-up finishes in 1973, ’74, ’76 and ’77.
“Jim built the program out of nothing,” said current coach Mark Hitchings. “He built a tradition of great wrestling at Fern Creek.”
* Butler senior Tretez Kinnaird committed to Indiana University for track and field. He’s a two-time Class 3-A champion in the 800-meter run and holds the state record of 1 minute, 49.96 seconds.
* Spencer County junior MacKenzie Myers scored the 1,000th point of her career Monday in a 60-19 loss to Anderson County. Myers leads Spencer County (4-7) in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (10.2) this season.
* The Sacred Heart swim team won the Girls’ Night Out meet at the University of Louisville last Friday. The Valkyries finished with 231 points, well ahead of runner-up Notre Dame (172). Sacred Heart’s Asia Seidt was named Most Outstanding Swimmer after winning the 100-yard backstroke (56.80 seconds) and 100 individual medley (59.56). The meet, hosted by Trinity High School, raised $1,500 for the Blanket of Hope Society, a breast cancer support organization.
* Trinity senior Emerson Walsh committed to play tennis at Johns Hopkins.