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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Class of 2019 Highlands Athletic Hall of Fame: John Schlarman

Class of 2019

John Schlarman graduated from Highlands in 1993, where he was a star in football and track and field. He played varsity football from his freshman through senior years.

He participated in varsity track and field for two years.  In football, his senior year, he was team captain of the 1992 AAA state championship team that went 14-1 and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, starting on both sides of the ball and leading the team in tackles. He was a key contributor both as an offensive tackle and a defensive lineman beginning as a sophomore.  For his play during his junior and senior years, Schlarman was named to the All-State team and was a 1st team lineman.

In track and field, he qualified for the sectional and state meets in both his junior and senior years and was the 2A state runner-up in shot put.  As a team captain his senior year, he was named a Northern Kentucky All-Star as the team’s most valuable field athlete.

After graduating from Highlands, John earned a full athletic scholarship to play football at The University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the All-SEC freshman team and a 3-time letter winner. Schlarman also was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll 3 times and was a finalist for the Academic All-American Award.  He was also twice named UK’s Best Offensive Lineman and was a First Team All-SEC Offensive Lineman his senior year.

He graduated from UK in 1998 and and went on to a successful stint coaching high school and college football. John is currently the Offensive Line Coach at UK, where he has played a key role in several milestone wins, including a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State in 2018 on the way to a 10-win season. John currently resides in Lexington, KY with his wife Lee Ann and their 4 children: sons Joe (13), Ben (10), and Matt (8), and a daughter, Evelyn (2).


To purchase tickets for the 2019 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame Reception, tickets must be purchased on by September 5, 2019 -

Tickets are $55 for the dinner reception at The Syndicate in Newport, Kentucky on 9/22/19 at 6:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame ceremony in the HHS PAC begins at 3:00 p.m. on 9/22. That event is free and open to the public.

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