Carrollton, Ky. – April 26, 2022 – Veteran coach Lonnie Oldham is coming to lead the Carroll County Panthers football team. Oldham has 27 years of coaching experience, which includes a 4A State Coach of the Year recognition in 2003. Having coached at both college and high school levels, Oldham has led teams in Oldham County (North Oldham and Oldham County), Jeffersonville (Jeffersonville High School), and Jefferson County (Male, Western Hills, Seneca, and St. Xavier).
“Coach Oldham has a history of winning football games and of helping young players grow to their full potential,” said Beau Arney, Carroll County School District athletic director. “We are thrilled to have him lead our football program and to help us make our high school and our school district be the best that they can be.”
As a player, Oldham played his first two years at the University of Louisville under the leadership of the legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger. He then transferred to Hanover College under the leadership of coach Wayne Perry. Oldham went on to coach at the collegiate level at Fairmont State University and then at the high school level at St. Xavier, where he was part of three state championship runs.
“I was extremely fortunate as a player and as a young coach to be part of the game under the leadership of amazing head coaches,” Oldham said. “To the extent that I’ve been successful as a coach myself, it is due to the strong foundation and leadership that I received early in my career. I hope that I can provide that same foundation to my own players.”
In addition to the three state titles and Coach of the Year distinction, Oldham led Seneca High School to the district championship in 2003, which included the team being ranked number one in the KHSAA state rankings for the first time in school history. Additionally, he led Oldham County High School to the Final Eight in 2007 and Jeffersonville High School to the Sweet 16 in 2012-2013.
Oldham is a 1991 graduate of Hanover College and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisville in 1995. In addition to his coaching experience, he has served as a special education teacher and behavior coach since 1993.