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8/30/2013 10:07:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
LHS Sports Hall of Fame inductee
Lockhart enjoyed successful playing, coaching career
LAWRENCEVILLE - Larry Lockhart holds the unique distinction of being the only man ever to play football for the Lawrenceville Indians and later coach the team.

A 1966 Lawrenceville graduate, Lockhart won three letters each in football, baseball and track. He went on to play football at the University of Evansville, then started his coaching career at Mount Carmel before returning to Lawrenceville.

Lockhart will be honored on Sept. 21 with induction into the Lawrenceville High School Sports Hall of Fame. The program, which will take place at the high school, begins with a 6 p.m. social hour. A golf outing, to raise funds for the Hall of Fame, will take place at Lawrence County Country Club earlier in the day.

Lockhart was a two-way linemen for the Lawrenceville football teams of Paul Restivo, and earned All-North Egypt Conference honors. During his three years as a starter, the Lawrenceville teams were a combined 14-8-2.

In the springtime, Lockhart played first base for baseball teams coached by Ron Felling while at the same time throwing the shot put for the track and field squads.

"We had more than 700 kids in the high school at that time, and there were an incredible amount of athletes," Lockhart said. "There was a lot of pride, playing with those good athletes and playing for those good coaches."

After high school, Lockhart moved on to the University of Evansville to play football fro coach Jim Beyers. He was a walk-on at first, but eventually became a starter and earned a scholarship.

That played a part in his decision to eventually become a teacher and coach.

"My parents sacrificed a lot to get me through school until I could earn a scholarship," Lockhart said. "Dad sent me to school with the idea of becoming an accountant, and since he was paying for it that's what I studied. But as soon as I earned the scholarship, I knew I wanted to be a coach so I switched to education."

Lockhart landed at Mount Carmel, where he started teaching and coaching. He guided the Golden Aces to runner-up finishes in the state baseball tournament in 1979 and 1980.

Lockhart became the Golden Aces' football coach in 1983 and led the team to a record of 69-18 in eight seasons. Mount Carmel won at least eight games each year and qualified for the playoffs each time.

He returned to Lawrenceville in 1990 in hopes of reviving the Indians' football program.

"I was happy to come back to Lawrenceville," said Lockhart, who also served as athletic director. "I wanted to restore some pride and get things back on track."

The results weren't great, as Lockhart's teams were a combined 10-26 in four seasons. The highlight was a 5-4 effort in 1992, one of two winning seasons at the school between 1984 and 2002.

"I owe a big thanks to all of my Lawrenceville and University of Evansville teachers and coaches who helped and supported me," Lockhart said. "As a coach, I have to thank all the athletes who played for me and all of the assistant coaches. Any success I had was because of them."

Now long retired, Lockhart enjoys spending time in his garden and fishing.

"My brother has a farm," he said. "Sometimes I go out there and see if I can get in the way."

Tickets to the banquet are available at the Daily Record and the Kull Agency.


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