Coach Jeff Harp recently announced his plans to step down as the Eagles offensive coordinator and assistant varsity baseball coach. Since 2004, Coach Harp has been an integral part in developing state powerhouses in both football and baseball. More than that, Coach Harp has made Argyle High School a better place as a result of his tireless commitment to encouraging and inspiring students, players, fellow coaches, and faculty members. He'll be missed but surely not forgotten.
"I've known Jeff for 20 years since he was the head baseball coach and running backs coach at Flower Mound Marcus back in the 90s", said Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Todd Rodgers. "I'll really miss his friendship and the endless hours he put into making Argyle football and baseball what it's become", he continued. Coach Rodgers went on to say "All of us are better off because of his loyalty, committment, and enthusiastic nature".
Coach Harp joined the staff at Argyle High School in 2004 and during that time the Eagles have put themselves on the map among the best in class 3A. Consider this:
"Coach Harp came alongside with me during a pivotal time in Argyle's history and I'll always be grateful for his role in turning our program into what it's become", said Todd Rodgers.
Jeff Harp has poured the last 30 years of his life into encouraging, equipping, and inspiring the young men he coached. After graduating from Texas Tech University, coach Harp did stints in Alvarado and Whitney before landing at Flower Mound Marcus in the early 90's.
Coach Harp was the head baseball coach at Marcus during a time when they too established themselves as a state powerhouse which is still true to this day. He also coached running backs for Marcus on their 1997 class 5A state champions and the 1995 state finalists.
When the opportunity to join Todd Rodgers presented itself in 2004, Coach Harp set aside his need to be the head baseball coach and bought into Coach Rodger's vision for a what was then a program with just 2 years of varsity experience and was struggling to get established. He brought with him two sons, JJ and Dillon who have also made their mark on the brief history of Argyle sports.
J.J. Harp, who graduated in 2008, earned all-state honors at quarterback and in baseball and will go down as one of the most exciting players in Argyle history. His younger brother Dillon Harp is ranked in the top 50 baseball players in the DFW area and will play college baseball next year in Oklahoma. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree it appears.
When not in the booth calling plays or in the dugout, Coach Harp became even more a part of Argyle lore with his weekly poems during football playoff pep rallies. And he could always be counted on to kick up the energy level with his weekly rendition of "boomba-hey" during pep rallies.
Argyle football and baseball won't be the same without Coach Jeff Harp. Next time you see him, tell him thanks for his 30 years of service and join us in wishing him all the best as he enters the next season of his life with his bride.