Pioneers hire Luhman as head boys' basketball coach

July 23, 2004|JILL ERWIN

It took Chad Luhman some time to realize what he wanted to do with his life, but Harrodsburg is giving him a chance to get started.

Harrodsburg has hired Luhman as its new boys basketball coach, the first time the 30-year-old has been in charge of a high school team.

"I'm very excited and ready to get started," Luhman said. "I can't wait for the first day of school, because every day just gets us closer to getting started.

"I'm ready to see what this team has and what we can do to improve our strengths and weaknesses as they are right now."


Luhman, a Richmond native, decided about five years ago that he wanted to get into coaching and teaching. He was working in a factory at the time, but had contacts with coaches through his high-school playing days.

He has coached an AAU team for the past three years and coached baseball and football at Madison Middle School. He also coached every sport at Model Middle last year while he was a student-teacher there.

"I was just helping people out and I got hooked on it again," Luhman said. "I enjoyed it and I made the realization that's what I wanted to do with my life. I want to be a coach and a teacher and have an impact on the community I work for."

Luhman said he likes to coach an uptempo style of play, but that he also focuses strongly on defense.

"Everyone likes to play uptempo now. You're not going to see a lot of 'five passes before you shoot' teams," Luhman said. "But defense is a cornerstone for every successful program, and it's something we really will focus on."

Yeast named athletic director

Harrodsburg has also hired Terry Yeast as its new athletic director, according to superintendent Dr. H.M. Snodgrass. Yeast replaces Spencer Tatum.

Yeast also serves as Harrodsburg's football and track and field coach.

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