Got word Trimble got a waiver for the position. Main Candiate I have heard has been Mike Isley who was the middle school head coach.
TC may try and turn it over to him because of his recent success at the middle school level. Reason Franklin is leaving is because the school is cutting positions and word is that four other teachers are going with him.
Coach Franklin went 4-37 in his career as a head coach at TC featuring a playoff a berth in the 2014 campaign where he also accumulated 3 of his wins. Other accolades that he has accomplished is sending 3 players to play college football, 2 at Hanover and 1 at Georgetown College. Coach Franklin was also able to increase the participation rate in the team after his first season and build a weight lifting program system within the team. Finally, Coach Franklin gained community support from within the county and got people involved in donating to the program that has been floating along on a small athletic budget.
I have had several conversations with Coach Franklin and the man wanted to build Trimble County football into a force to be reckoned with; however, the coach encountered a lot of problems. Support from the administration, funding, academic eligibility, cycle of assistant coaches, parental support, and support from middle and youth league programs. Being the main focal points.
Trimble County football is a small program, and not a top choice for many young coaches. Although, Coach Franklin handled this challenge the best he could with staff and players he had at his disposal. He inherited a huge sophomore class from Coach Blair(been with that class since 7th grade) and had the challenge of winning over support. He struggled at times having possibly the worst defense his first two seasons, and offense that could not move the ball.
His first season presented a challenge of replacing Kyle Sparks after he was injured the first play against Berea. A player that contributed to 72% of the 2011 offensive production. The team also shuffled around their offensive line a lot and showed very little consistency. In his second season on offense he had trouble sticking with a QB as Tevin Taylor and TJ Payton both battled for the starting job each week. Same issues occurred with the offense of line, never really seeing the same line. In the first two seasons, they scored less than 100 points. Finally, in his third year we see a huge outburst from this team on offense of side of the ball, and only replacing one position being Right Tackle tilled they moved Cade Thornsberry out there in week 4. The offense scored over 200 points. Eventually losing to NCC. In his final year, offense replaced 9 starters(huge for TC) and only scored 96, however they did incorporate more of a pass game and they have a couple young promising stars. Once again offense line problems. Side note the offense line coach was his father, years 1,2&4 and year 3 was Christ Yates. Big difference.
Defensely Coach Franklin, did not take over his defense till year 3. His father was defense coordinater giving up 792 points, running 4-4 base defense with little change unless teams ran a 2x2 or 2x3. In year 3 implemented the 52 monster defense and the team only gave up 338, but if you take away the NCC game they gave up 295 in regular season play. He applied a lot of pressure, and tried different combinations. In his final season coach Franklin had to replace 8 starters, and was forced to move into 53 because their run defense was struggling. They 439 points, a 100 point increase.
I am a supporter of Coach Justin Franklin, I believe he will do great things. I also believe Trimble County made a mistake in letting him go, he deserved one more year after losing 13 seniors who kept the program alive. Good Luck to the man.
I support my Raiders, even though I moved away from the county.
Area of improvement: Make the youth league and middle school run the same offense and defense as high school, build a unified program. Simplify but apply the same concepts.