John Hardin hires Chad Lewis as head football coach

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Long-time assistant to Mark Brown selected

By Chuck Jones

John Hardin hired Chad Lewis as its football coach Tuesday to replace Mark Brown, who retired in January. Lewis is the program’s second coach.

Lewis, who has served as the defensive coordinator since 2009, has been with the program since its first season in 2001. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Mike, who was a head coach at East Hardin and Central Hardin, among his coaching stops.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 13-1 season in which the defense allowed 11.1 points and 197.4 yards per game. They lost in the Class 5-A state semifinals to Bowling Green, 14-13.

After a losing season the first year when the program didn’t have any seniors, the Bulldogs have had 11 consecutive winning seasons and have won 11 or more games six consecutive seasons and seven of the last eight.

John Hardin finished the regular season 10-0 the last four years and five of the last six. The Bulldogs have won 64 of their last 65 regular season games. The team also won or shared the district championship seven of the last eight years and has claimed five straight region championships. The Bulldogs reached the 2009 Class 5-A state championship, falling to Fort Thomas Highlands.

Brown finished his career with a 272-121 record, including going 116-34 at John Hardin. He is tied for 11th on the KHSAA’s career win list with Mike Holcomb.

For details, see Wednesday's print edition of The News-Enterprise.