Steve Pardue begins his first year as the Panthers' head coach in 2017.
Pardue is no stranger to the city of LaGrange and LaGrange College. He was an assistant coach and head coach for 20 years at LaGrange High School, where he compiled a 161-45 head-coaching record in 17 seasons, winning three GHSA Class AAA state championships in 2001, 2003 and 2004. As an assistant coach, he helped guide his school to a 1991 GHSA Class AAAA title and a No. 1 national ranking.
Pardue left LaGrange High School after the 2010 season to join the coaching staff at the University of Kentucky. He was the running backs coach and part of a staff that included Randy Sanders, now the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State, and Mike Summers, who is the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Louisville.
For the past three seasons, Pardue has been the head coach at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Georgia. He guided the Indians to three straight 8-3 records, making the state playoffs each season.
Pardue has served as the state football chairman, vice president and on the board of directors for GACA. He was the Atlanta Falcons High School Football Coach of the Year in 2015 and was named the Georgia Class AAA Coach of the Decade in 2010. He received the Touchdown Club of Atlanta Wright Bazemore Award as the 2003 All-Class Coach of the Year. In addition, he has been named a state coach of the year by various organizations nine times.
Pardue began his coaching career at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. He had coaching stops at Albertville (Alabama) High School and Crittenden County (Kentucky) High School before coming to LaGrange.