Commonwealth Journal

January 27, 2014

Larry French resigns at Boyle; expected to be named Southwestern's new football coach

Special from Danville Advocate
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Danville — Larry French has resigned as the Boyle County High School head football coach, and he is expected to be announced as the new Southwestern High School football coach on Monday evening.

French, who led Boyle County to two state football titles, resigned as the Rebels coach this morning and is expected to be named coach at Southwestern later today, he confirmed this morning to Hal Morris of the Advocate.

French went 72-11 in six seasons at Boyle. The Rebels had back-to-back unbeaten state title teams in 2009 and 2010 and had unbeaten regular seasons in 2008 and 2013.

“I have the opportunity to go to Southwestern and go in there and try to build the program. And I get to coach with my son (Steven) and that’s the opportunity it presents,” French said. “We’ve got a chance to be successful there and they want a winning program and are willing to do the little things to get the program going.

“It’s going to be a challenge for us that’s for sure. But at the same time I’m looking forward to building the program and I want to be happy in what I’m doing and this presents a good change for us.”

Despite talking about having a school willing to do the little things and being happy, French said he was not unhappy at Boyle.

“Not really, I’ve done a lot of things there at Boyle. We won two state titles and had four unbeaten regular seasons, and I got to coach a lot of good young men and got to be around a lot of good coaches and they were committed to me and worked hard for me,” he said. “And we had players do that also, and we had a community that was excellent and backed everything we were trying to do and I appreciate the support the community gave us. It’s been a pleasure to coach at Boyle County and I was grateful for the opportunity.”

French expects his son, who was previously a Boyle assistant and is currently an assistant coach at Central Hardin, to join him at Southwestern.

“That’s the plan, and hopefully that turns out to be true and we’ll go down there and try to build the program and we’ll try to hire a coaching staff and put together a staff and get one that’s committed and will work hard for the kids and the community. And we’ll try to get the community to support us and try to build the program down there,” French said.

“I think it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be one of those deals where I don’t have a lot of years remaining, and I want to be happy doing what I’m doing and it gives my family a chance to be together again.”

French becomes only the third football coach in Southwestern football program's history.