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New head coach to lead Raider football

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By Dave Taylor

Trimble County High School has a new head football coach for the second year in a row. Carrollton resident Justin Franklin succeeds William Blair III who left the program and a teaching position at Trimble County Middle School following the 2011-12 school term ended.

Franklin, a 1999 Carroll County High School graduate, is married to the former Krista Hughes of Trimble County. Franklin served as an assistant football coach at Manual High School for the past four years, according to Trimble County High School Athletic Director Frank Ragland.

“He worked with a good program at Manual,” Ragland said in an interview last week. “He has a good background in conditioning and we look for that to be beneficial to all of our athletic programs this year.”

Franklin will be teaching Health and PE at TCHS, Ragland said. Franklin began working with the players in conditioning and practice on July 10.

“He’s got good credentials. He’s a good family man. He has a lot of enthusiasm and he’s got the kids working really hard,” Ragland said.

Franklin has aspired for several years to get a head coaching job, Ragland said, “and he was especially interested in the job here at Trimble County,” Ragland said. “He applied last year but since we had to rush to hire a football coach a year ago we didn’t have any time to interview and didn’t have any teaching jobs open so we hired from within and that’s how Coach (William) Blair became the coach last year.”

Franklin’s supporting staff of assistants will include his father, Larry Franklin and Ryan Logan, who returns from last year’s program. Volunteer assistants include Brian Mumphrey and Jess Maiden.