The Parkview wrestling program is one of the best in the state. So when head coach Tom Beuglas stepped down at the end of the season, the Panthers went looking for a coach that could continue the championship tradition.
Parkview found its man in Effingham County's Chris Hardin, considered one of the top young coaches in the state.
"I'm super excited to be a part of AAAAA. I've wanted to be with the best and that's with AAAAA," said Hardin, who led Effingham to the Class AAAA traditional state title this season.
Hardin inherits a Parkview program that has been one of the best in the state for the last 20 years. The Panthers won dual and traditional state titles in 2004 and 2006 and consistently place in the top 10 at the state meet every year.
"I know what I'm getting into," Hardin said. "I know what Parkview is all about and it's winning and a lot of winning. I expect to win wherever I'm at. I guess I'll be under a microscope."
Hardin spent the last two seasons as head coach at Effingham. In his first season the Rebels qualified for the state duals and placed 13th at the traditional meet. He led Effingham to a fourth-place finish at the state duals this season. Prior to his first head coaching job, Hardin was an assistant for four years at Stockbridge, where the Tigers won the 2007 state title.
Hardin takes over for Beuglas, who accepted the head wrestling job at first-year program Archer next season. The Panthers graduate just three seniors off the 2008-09 squad that went 32-6 in duals and won the Gwinnett County and Area 8-AAAAA titles. Parkview has 11 returning starters, including seven state qualifiers coming back.
"I'm super excited to work with some hard-nosed young wrestlers," Hardin said.
SideBar: The Hardin File
Who: Chris Hardin
New position: Head wrestling coach at Parkview
Former position: Head wrestling coach at Effingham
Education: Graduated from Eagle's Landing High School in Henry County in 2001; earned bachelor's degree in history at University of Georgia in 2006.
Background: Was a state runner-up as a junior in high school in 2000; was an assistant coach at Stockbridge from 2002-07 and help the team claim the state title in 2007; was a head coach at Effingham County the last two seasons, leading the team to the Class AAAA traditional state title and a fourth-place finish at state duals
Family: Engaged to Brandy McElroy