Josh Jaggers named head football coach at LCHS

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By Ron Benningfield

Josh Jaggers has been named head football coach at LaRue County High School, replacing Rodney Armes who resigned after 16 years in that position.

Jaggers joined the LCHS coaching staff in 2008 as defensive coordinator working with the offensive line and linebackers. In 2011 he became the assistant head coach to Armes.

He was chosen from a field of 20 applicants whom LCHS principal Paul Mullins described as “highly qualified.” 

“The pool of candidates was incredible,” Mullins said. “I was pleased and proud that so many quality applicants were interested in our program.”

Among those interviewed by a screening committee composed of Mullins, athletic director David Dawson, Superintendent Sam Sanders, and booster president and parent Kellie Shirley were offensive and defensive coordinators, two applicants with head coaching experience, two Assistant Coach of the Year winners, four with state championships and three state runners-up. 

A graduate of Danville High School, Jaggers played at the University of Kentucky with Hal Mumme and at Campbellsville University, where he graduated with a degree in education. He was a Mr. Kentucky Football finalist in 2000 and was named the 2000 Kentucky High School Football Coaches Association Player of the Year. In 2000, he also was named Courier-Journal First Team All-State. During his university career, Jaggers made the 2004 NAIA All Mid-South First Team Offense for Campbellsville University. 

Jaggers began his coaching career at North Hardin High School in 2005. In 2006, he helped to lead Mercer County to the Class 2A state championship as an assistant coach.

“Josh is a winner, as a player and as an assistant coach,” Mullins said. “He’s been associated with winning programs and coaches, and we believe he will lead our program here at LCHS to even greater heights.” 

Jaggers, who with his wife Megan recently added a daughter to their family, will start his coaching duties in January for winter conditioning and spring training.