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Updates on 1,000-point clubs.

By Bobby Brockman

The University of Kentucky firing and hiring in men's basketball is not the only school in the coaching news.

Bethlehem High School filled its boys' basketball position midway last month with the announcement of veteran coach Larry Miller

Also, at Danville High, veteran coach Sam Harp is quitting for three months and then coming back to guide the Admirals on the gridiron.

Bethlehem wasted little time tracking down a new coach to lead the boys' basketball program, introducing former Sweet 16 champion Larry Miller as its new head man, wrote Peter Zubaty of The Kentucky Standard.

"He's a winner," said Bethlehem principal Tom Hamilton. "We're thrilled to death. He comes with a lot of experience and a lot of success."

Miller takes over for Mike Ayersman, who resigned after two years, going 13-39 in his first head coaching post.

Miller guided Simon Kenton to the 1981 Sweet 16 championship and he also piloted Meade County to its last state tournament berth in 1984. He hasn't coached in more than a decade, stepping aside as Green Wave coach in 1996.

"Now he's got the itch again," Hamilton said.

Miller has spent the past 13 years working in administrative posts, most recently as assistant principal at Central Hardin, and watching his children pursue high school and collegiate athletic careers.

"I've thought about (returning to coaching) for a few years," Miller said. "I've stayed close to the game, and I think I still have something to contribute."

Miller and Hamilton worked together at Simon Kenton in the 1970s and Hamilton contacted Miller to gauge his interest, selling him on the upcoming talent in the program.

"He built great programs in both places, long-lasting ones, and we're expecting great things here," Hamilton said.

According to Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger, Harp, 55, is officially retiring Wednesday after spending the last 32 years as a high school teacher and coach. However, after taking a required three-month leave, he will return as Danville's football coach and athletics director.

"I am basically out for three months and then there are no big changes," said Harp, who has a 244-47 record and seven state championships since coming to Danville in 1988.

"The school system will be getting the same work load from me. I will be limited to 144 days, but I will do basically all the same things I am now. The biggest difference will be with nighttime supervision. I will still do some, but there will be limits. I won't be up here every night like I have been the last 21 years."

Harp sees this as a win-win situation for him and the Danville school system. For him, it will increase his income since he'll have his retirement and then additional coaching money. For the school system, it will save salary.

"The state has a threshold of what you can make when you come back (to work) based on what you made before you left. They have a formula to tabulate and figure all that," Harp said. "The school district will be saving about $43,000 annually by doing it this way, and that basically equates to a teaching position. That's why, to me, it's a win-win for me and the school district."

In his absence, Lisa Fisher will be Danville's interim athletics director. She has worked with Harp for more than four years.

Football-wise, Danville has finished its spring practice, and workouts until Harp returns in July will be led by Danville assistant coach Jerry Perry and other staff members.

"Everything will be fine football-wise," Harp said.

Larry French coached under the same arrangement at Lincoln County in 2007 when he took the Patriots to the Class AAAAA semifinals, and last year at Boyle County when he took the Rebels to the Class AAAA semifinals. Other coaches across the state have done the same thing, and Harp says he expects more coaches to do the same in future years.

"Do you want to work for nothing? That is what it comes down to. I could go home, sit on my butt and make a few more dollars per paycheck than I could by working when I draw my retirement," he said.

"But I am not ready to hang it up from coaching. I still love the game, what I am doing and working here. This is a great place to be and there are good people here. If I didn't like the people I work for, I would walk away now. I like who I work for and who I work with.

"I still desire and passion to coach. So I am going to keep doing it. That could eventually change, but I don't anticipate that any time soon."

Random thoughts

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Is there a better athletics director in the country than Tom Jurich at the University of Louisville?

With the women's basketball team making the Final Four in St. Louis, Jurich has now guided three teams to national prominence, joining the men's basketball team, which has made two Elite Eights plus a Final Four under Jurich, the baseball squad, which made the College World Series in Omaha, and the football team, which won made and won a BCS bowl, the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Jurich also has U of L teams ranked nationally in volleyball, softball and men's golf.

1,000-point clubs

Several players finished their careers while others can still ascend up the 1,000-point club ladders.

Taylor County High School's Chase Cox finished his stellar career as the Cardinals' No. 2 all-time boys' scorer with 2,124 points. (Ken Hatcher is the all-time top TCHS scorer with 2,136 points while there are now 23 boys' and 10 girls' members of the 1,000-point club.)

Campbellsville High School's Bryton Taylor finished his junior season ninth on the Eagles' all-time scoring list with 1,126 points. A double-digit scoring senior campaign could put Taylor No. 3 on the all-time list behind Petie Spaulding (2,052) and Austin Newton (1,617). There are 14 boy' and six girls on the CHS elite list, headed by Tasha Phillips' 2,088.

Zach Allender concluded his Campbellsville University career with 2,050 points and third on the men's all-time scoring ledger. Van Berry (2,615) and Benji Kelly (2,121) rank 1-2 on the 27-member contingent.

Sophomore Courtney Danis became the 27th Lady Tiger to score more than 1,000 points and will begin her junior season at No. 24 with 1,030 points.

Andrea Deaton (2,705) and Betty Conover (2,338) are 1-2 on the CU women's all-time ledger.

Jodie Meeks at the University of Kentucky will start his final season for the Big Blue with 1,246 points, which ranks 33rd among UK's 56 1,000-point scorers.

Patrick Patterson has 1,020 points in his first two seasons in Lexington to rank 53rd.

Dan Issel leads the all-time list with 2,138 while Kenny Walker (2,080) and Jack Givens (2,038) rank 2-3.

Terrence Williams and Earl Clark, assuming he goes professional after his junior year, finished their University of Louisville basketball days at No. 18 (1,565) and No. 48 (1,104) in the Cardinals' 1,000-point club.

A pair of seniors-to-be in 2009-10, Jerry Smith (946) and Edgar Sosa (930), will give U of L 62 1,000-point members, which will tie the University of North Carolina as the most in the elite group.

Also, while we're talking about 1,000-point clubs, in addition to Deaton at Campbellsville University, Valerie Still (University of Kentucky) and Angel McCoughtry (University of Louisville) mean women actually hold the all-time scoring leads at their respective schools.

Still's 2,763 leads Issel at UK while McCoughtry's 2,738 and counting before Sunday night's Lady Cardinal game with Oklahoma in St. Louis is in front of Darrell Griffith's 2,333 (DeJuan Wheat and Pervis Ellison also are over 2,000 at 2,183 and 2,143, respectively).

Whew, that's a lot of numbers and guess who's goofy enough to keep up with stuff like that?