Peach named 5A Coach of the Year

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By John Herndon

Anderson County High School football coach Mark Peach was named the state's Class 5A Coach of the Year by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The announcement was made in Friday's editions of the state's largest daily newspaper.

Peach was also runner-up for the overall coach of the year honor.

Peach finished second to Lone Oak's Jack Haskins in the voting by the state's football coaches.

Peach guided Anderson to a 10-0 record in the regular season.

The Bearcats went on to win their first playoff game before being upset in the regional semifinals by Oldham County. The 11 wins set a school record for most victories in a season.

Peach took over the Bearcat program before the 2005 season. Anderson was coming off a five-year stretch that saw the Bearcats go 7-44. In his first season, the Bearcats went 1-9, but improved to 6-4 in 2006.

This year, Anderson won the regular season district championship and climbed to a No. 5 ranking in the Associated Press poll.

Earlier, Peach was named Class 5A, District 4 Coach of the Year.