Sam Harp, winner of seven Kentucky state championships at Danville High School, was introduced to the Blue Devil family late in 2012 and things have been on the move ever since.
Intent on restoring the once proud Blue Devil tradition, Harp has worked tirelessly to instill the principles of WIN – “What’s Important Now” into the young men in his charge.
“If our guys are in the classroom, on the practice field, out with their friends or at home with their families, ‘What’s Important Now’ needs to be at the heart of everything they do,” Harp said.
“Everything they do – good or bad – reflects on this team. We want to earn the respect of our school, our teachers, our community every single day. This is not an easy process, but I believe our folks are up to the challenge.”
In his 33-year prep career, Coach Harp has won 328 games with 114 losses — a winning percentage of .742 — with ten trips to the Kentucky state championship game. His teams have won 16 regional championships and 19 district titles.
At the time he left Danville, Harp ranked third on the list for most wins in Kentucky by an active coach and fifth overall.
Harp is a founding father and two-term past president of the Kentucky Football Coaches Association. He is a member of both the Franklin County (KY) High School and the Danville High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Harp played college baseball at Morehead State and college football at Kentucky State.
Harp and his wife Karen are the parents of three grown children, two sons and a daughter.
Coach Lounsbury is a native of Watertown, NY and earned a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Houston. A second generation coach, he has 17 years of coaching experience, and is in his second stint as a member of the LHS football staff — working with the wide receivers. Coach Lounsbury and his wife Heather have been married for 16 years and are the parents of three children: Cassidy, Vinnie and Polly.
Recent UT-Martin graduate Hunter Long has joined the Lebanon High faculty and will join Coach Sam Harp’s football staff as defensive line coach. A former standout at Henry County High in Paris, long worked with the Patriots as defensive line coach while completing his undergraduate studies at UT-M. With four years of coaching under his belt, Long was part of a staff that helped guide the Patriots to a perfect 15-0 season in 2013 and the Class 5A state championship. Long teaches wellness at Lebanon High and is married to the former Lori Anne Winters of Summertown.
A native of Hackleburg, Alabama and a graduate of Auburn University, Coach Ford is a veteran educator / coach at Lebanon High. The fall of 2014 marks his seventh year at LHS, having worked with the Blue Devil track program for the past three seasons. Coach Ford handles wide receivers and defensive tackles with the ninth grade program. He teaches lifetime wellness to incoming ninth graders.
A Lebanon High graduate, Coach Easterly was part of two Blue Devil post-season teams (2003 and 2004). He is in his second season at LHS, having previously coached with the football programs at Southside Elementary, LaVergne Middle School and Baird Middle School. He will be working with the offensive line / defensive ends and outside linebackers.
A three-sport athlete in his days at Lebanon High (football, basketball and track), Freddie Hall returns to the Blue Devils coaching defensive backs / offensive backs for the freshman program. He played in the secondary for Cumberland University, earning All Mid-South Conference West Division honors as a safety for the 2008 MSC West champion Bulldogs. Team Physician – Dr. Terry