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Coach's Corner

Head coach Gary Canter started the wrestling program at LaRue County High School in 1990.  In just thirteen years, Canter coached the team to FOUR State Dual Championship titles (99), (01), (06), and (07) two other top four finishes at State Duals, and two Class A State Tournament Championships (01) and (02), three state Class A runner up finish in (03), (06), and )07) and six top 10 finishes at the State Tournament.  The 2001 team also finished the season with 685 takedowns which nationally ranks them as 6th all-time in takedowns.  Within the first thirteen years, Canter had four state champions: Jim Shaw (99), Jason Detre (98), (99), Todd Allen (01),  and Scott Cooper (02), (03). Cooper was also named as MOW of the state tournament in 2003.  He also had two All-Americans (Jason Detre 1999) (Scott Cooper 2003) and an honorable mention All-American in 2001, Todd Allen.  Canter was named as the 2000 National High School Coach of the Year Runner-Up by Wrestling USA magazine.  He has coached six nationally ranked wrestlers and his 1999 team finished the season ranked 10th in the Mid-Eastern region of the United States.  The Mid-Eastern region consists of the states of KY, WV, VA, NJ, MD, and DE.  Canter teaches Science at the high school.  He graduated high school from Ashtabula Edgewood High School in Ohio where he wrestled from third grade through his senior year.  He then went to Edinboro University and wrestled several years there.  He received his bachelor's degree in Science from Edinboro University.  He received his Master's Degree from Western Kentucky University.  He is married to D.J. and has two children, Hanah and Caleb.
Coach Paden
Coach Eddie Paden is the assistant coach for the LaRue County high school.  He has been part of the program as either assistant high school coach, or head middle school coach for 14 years.  While head middle school coach, his teams won three middle school state tournament titles and two dual state championships.  Coach Paden graduated from Shelby County high school and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky.  He also received his masters degree in literature from the University of Kentucky and his rank 1 from Western Kentucky University.  He is married to Deana Paden and has four children, Nathan, Nicholas, Kara and Kaitlyn.

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