No word on new Mercer coach

December 23, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

HARRODSBURG - The coaching search at Mercer County is on hold for the holidays.

Mercer is in the process of finding a football coach to replace Duane Hammons, who resigned earlier this month, but school superintendent Bruce Johnson said the process has been temporarily suspended.

Johnson said Tuesday he has taken a few days off, and he said things would probably get rolling again in the first week of January.

"I've made some contacts and gotten a few names, and we're taking applications right now," Johnson said from Florida, where he joined Mercer's girls basketball team for a holiday tournament. "I worked on it a few days before I left, then put it off until I get back."


Johnson said he is screening the applicants along with administrators and said he will submit recommendations to a committee that includes school administrators and a member of the school council for the interview process.

"I can tell you there's been a whole lot of high-profile coaches that have shown interest," he said.

Buchanan believed to be near top of the list

Johnson said earlier this month he hopes to include well-known coaches from around the state in the search. One of the names believed to be near the top of the list is Mason County coach David Buchanan, a former Mercer assistant who will coach the Kentucky all-stars next summer.

One coach who isn't interested is Lincoln County's Larry French, who coached at Mercer from 1978-88. Both French and Johnson said there has been no contact between them.

"I've got my hands full with Lincoln County," French said. "I've got a challenge here, and I'm going to give this challenge as much as I can."

Hammons resigned on Dec. 6 after going 34-21 in five seasons at Mercer. He has since accepted a position as defensive coordinator at Anderson County.

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