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KHSAA sets football realignment plan for 2025-26 seasons; 24 schools to switch classes
Jason Frakes
Louisville Courier Journal

LEXINGTON — A total of 24 high school football teams — including three from Louisville — will move classes for the 2025-26 seasons as part of a draft realignment proposed by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control on Tuesday.

The draft still must be approved during the board’s meeting in May.

Of the 24 schools moving, 15 will drop in class and nine will move up. The board previously voted to not allow teams to move up in class.

The board voted Tuesday that the initial draft would not include a district with fewer than four teams, which forced one change in Class 6A. Originally, Central Hardin, Daviess County, Meade County, North Hardin and South Warren were placed in District Two. Manual, Pleasure Ridge Park and St. Xavier were placed in District Three. The board voted to move North Hardin from District Two to District Three.

In Louisville, Jeffersontown will jump from Class 4A to 5A and DeSales and Western will drop from Class 4A to 3A.

As a result, Class 3A, District Three will include Bardstown, Central, Christian Academy, DeSales, Thomas Nelson and Western. Central, CAL and DeSales have all won state championships since 2014.

Here are the other schools moving up in class: Hopkinsville (4A to 6A), South Warren (5A to 6A), Franklin-Simpson (3A to 4A), Elizabethtown (3A to 4A), Marion County (3A to 4A), Murray (2A to 3A), Edmonson County (2A to 3A) and Carroll County (2A to 3A).

Here are the other schools dropping in class: Barren County (6A to 5A), Warren Central (6A to 5A), Highlands (5A to 4A), Harlan County (5A to 4A), Bardstown (4A to 3A), Thomas Nelson (4A to 3A), Henry County (4A to 3A), Letcher County Central (4A to 3A), Trigg County (3A to 2A), Hancock County (3A to 2A), McLean County (3A to 2A), West Carter (3A to 2A) and Belfry (3A to 2A).

Here’s the complete draft:

Class A
District One — Ballard Memorial, Caverna, Fulton County, Russellville

District Two — Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Kentucky Country Day, Louisville Holy Cross

District Three — Bellevue, Dayton, Newport, Newport Central Catholic

District Four — Bishop Brossart, Covington Holy Cross, Ludlow, Trimble County

District Five — Berea, Eminence, Frankfort, Sayre

District Six — Fairview, Nicholas County, Paris, Raceland

District Seven — Harlan, Lynn Camp, Middlesboro, Pineville, Williamsburg

District Eight — Hazard, Jenkins, Paintsville, Phelps, Pikeville

Class 2A
District One — Caldwell County, Crittenden County, Fort Campbell, Mayfield, Todd County Central, Trigg County

District Two — Fort Knox, Hancock County, McLean County, Owensboro Catholic

District Three — Clinton County, Green County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County, Somerset

District Four — Danville, DuBois, Lexington Christian, Shawnee, Washington County

District Five — Beechwood, Bracken County, Gallatin County, Owen County, St. Henry, Walton-Verona

District Six — Breathitt County, Jackson County, Morgan County, West Carter

District Seven — Floyd Central, Knott County Central, Leslie County, Martin County, Prestonsburg

District Eight — Belfry, Betsy Layne, East Ridge, Pike County Central, Shelby Valley

Class 3A
District One — Hopkins County Central, Murray, Union County, Webster County

District Two — Adair County, Butler County, Edmonson County, Glasgow, Hart County

District Three — Bardstown, Central, Christian Academy, DeSales, Thomas Nelson, Western

District Four — Casey County, Garrard County, LaRue County, Lexington Catholic, Mercer County

District Five — Bourbon County, Carroll County, Henry County, Lloyd Memorial, Pendleton County

District Six — Bath County, East Carter, Fleming County, Lewis County, Russell

District Seven — Bell County, Clay County, Knox Central, McCreary Central, Rockcastle County

District Eight — Estill County, Lawrence County, Letcher County Central, Magoffin County, Powell County

Class 4A
District One — Allen County-Scottsville, Calloway County, Franklin-Simpson, Logan County, Paducah Tilghman, Warren East

District Two — Breckinridge County, Elizabethtown, John Hardin, Marion County, Nelson County

District Three — Doss, North Oldham, Valley, Waggener

District Four — Franklin County, Shelby County, Spencer County, Western Hills

District Five — Covington Catholic, Grant County, Harrison County, Highlands, Holmes, Mason County

District Six — Ashland Blazer, Boyd County, Greenup County, Johnson Central, Rowan County

District Seven — Boyle County, Lincoln County, Russell County, Taylor County, Wayne County

District Eight — Corbin, Harlan County, Perry County Central, Whitley County

Class 5A
District One — Apollo, Graves County, Madisonville-North Hopkins, Marshall County, Muhlenberg County, Owensboro

District Two — Barren County, Bowling Green, Grayson County, Greenwood, Ohio County, Warren Central

District Three — Atherton, Butler, Iroquois, Seneca

District Four — Bullitt Central, Fairdale, Jeffersontown, Moore, North Bullitt

District Five — Boone County, Conner, Cooper, Dixie Heights, Scott

District Six — Anderson County, Collins, Scott County, South Oldham, Woodford County

District Seven — East Jessamine, Madison Southern, Montgomery County, West Jessamine

District Eight — North Laurel, Pulaski County, South Laurel, Southwestern

Class 6A
District One — Christian County, Henderson County, Hopkinsville, McCracken County

District Two — Central Hardin, Daviess County, Meade County, South Warren

District Three — Manual, North Hardin, Pleasure Ridge Park, St. Xavier

District Four — Bullitt East, Fern Creek, Male, Southern

District Five — Ballard, Eastern, Oldham County, Trinity

District Six — Campbell County, Great Crossing, Ryle, Simon Kenton

District Seven — Henry Clay, Lafayette, Paul Dunbar, Tates Creek

District Eight — Bryan Station, Frederick Douglass, George Rogers Clark, Madison Central

Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; jfrakes@courier-journal.com; Follow on X @kyhighs.


Well with the job open lots of possibilities for some movement locally. Who puts in for this one?

Coach steps down today. Anybody have any insight on this ??

Going to start this off with saying This is gonna be an odd year with seeing some odds teams in places your use to not seen at. But Starting it off by saying Pikeville is clear cut number 1 heading in and we will talk about the rest after this.

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Former Engineer great Austin Moore has been named the new head football coach at Estill County.


Coach John Hines explains his reasons for leaving PC

By Steve Cornelius Regional Editor Feb 9, 2024
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During his 25 years as the Pulaski County High School head football coach, John Hines achieved some great success – which included the 2014 Class 5A state championship, four straight Class 5A title game appearances, and six regional titles. In December during the Maroons’ annual Football Award Banquet, Hines proudly reminded the audience of those past Pulaski County football accomplishments.

He also admonished some of the program’s parents — without calling out names — for their negativity and stated that if they weren’t happy with the way he ran his program they should go somewhere else. Hines stated that he had asked someone to film that portion of his banquet speech so there would be no confusion about what was said.

Little did the veteran coach know that the video clip would go viral on social media and cause many negative reactions towards him.

“That stupid video never should have gotten out on social media,” Hines stated. “I didn’t say anything that was wrong. I didn’t cuss anybody. I didn’t call anybody out. I just said some things that made some parents mad. I probably should have handled that differently, but that [video] was never supposed to get out there.

“Some parents are never happy with the way the coach operates the program, so that was not really any different in any other year,” he stated. “The only difference may have been the social media barrage. As a coach, you’re always going to have upset parents, but as long as you’re doing what’s right for the kids and for the program, that’s your basis for [your decision making].”

Hines claimed that a large portion of his players stood up and gave him a standing ovation after his banquet speech, but the social media video clip did not show that part.

The aftermath of that video spawned a few meetings between Hines and different members of the school system’s administration staff. According to Hines, he was never asked to leave as the football coach. However after 25 years leading the school’s football program, he was puzzled why the school’s administration questioning how he ran his program.

“I was never asked to leave, I left on my own,” Hines stated. “The main things that were troublesome to me were that there were some things that went on behind the scenes with administration that I just felt like they weren’t supportive as they needed to be. I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus, you know, but there were just some things that I felt like they were listening to some parents. I make parents mad all the time; all coaches do.

“I just felt like there were some folks that went to the administration attacking me and the administration then wanted me to defend myself,” the former state champion coach stated. “That was the biggest red flag. Every time a group of mad parents go to the administration to fuss about something going on with the coach, and the coach has to defend himself, that’s just not an atmosphere that many coaches want to live in.”

Hines was not bitter towards anyone, and stated his decision to leave was more of a business decision than an emotional decision.

“This opportunity at South Laurel just kind of came out of the blue,” Hines stated. “The more I looked into it, the more wonderful opportunity I thought it was, and I just couldn’t pass it up. I’m very excited about the opportunity at coaching at South Laurel.

“I’m very excited about our future,” Hines added. “They’ve got a lot of things going at South Laurel High School that, quite frankly, a lot of other schools don’t have yet. I’m talking about the alignment from the administration, athletic director, coaches of all sports, and all the things they’re doing for athletics, the facilities, and the things that are going on around the school. It’s an incredible thing to see.”

Despite his happiness for his future at South Laurel, Hines was sad to leave behind the people at Pulaski County and all the fond memories he had during his 29 years in the Pulaski County school system.

“I always had great support from administration all the years I was there, especially now with guys like Kevin Cook and Brian Miller – I love them to death, and they’ve always been very supportive,” Hines vaunted. “When I was at Pulaski County coaching football, I was a 100% Pulaski County. I loved Pulaski County, loved everything about it, and gave it my all.

“I’m honored to have coached at Pulaski County High School as long as I did,” Hines added. “I’m honored for the people that brought me there and all the support I’ve had over the years. I’ve had several different principals, athletic directors and school board members. So many things have always been very, very positive. No way I can name them all. I am thankful for all of them and I am thankful for all the superintendents I worked under and, of course, all the many coaches that coached for us and the players that played for us.

“There’s never good circumstances to leave a program,” he said. “It hurts me to leave those players behind. I love them and I wish them the best. I guess the Lord works in mysterious ways and it’s something that, to be quite honest, was probably long overdue.”

Hines will probably inject his familiar, and highly successful, spread offense and aggressive style of play into the South Laurel Cardinals’ football playbook. And despite the recent social media backlash, Hines said he had no plans on changing the way he deals with negativity that sometimes infiltrates his program.

“I always told the players, parents, coaches, and everybody that was involved; if you’re not all in, then go where you need to go,” Hines said. “And that was always the message. That was the same message in that stupid little video...and I probably could have handled that a little different, but the message has always been the same. I will probably deliver the same message here at South Laurel, if you’re not ‘gung ho’ about South Laurel football, then go where you need to go.”

Dalton Stamm is the new football coach at Lewis County. He's a great kid. My son played against when he was at Russell.  Then they became friends at the Allstar game. I even played flag football with him. They made a great hire.

Released today Via Facebook 

Jaggers resigned today and told WPBK-FM, “I appreciate all the people who supported the program during my time here. I want nothing but the best for the players, both present and past.”
Press Release:
Lincoln County Football Head Coach Josh Jaggers resigned as head coach today. “We are appreciative of the job Josh has done for us and wish him the best going forward,” said Principal Michael Godbey. The search for the next head football coach will begin immediately.


who do we think gets this job?

With the Maroons Introducing Travis Burns as the Head Coach what does the 2024 Pulaski Maroons look like? Who are some of their star players, what will Coach Burns coaching staff and schedule look like in the 24-25 season

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