SELMER — McNairy Central Head Football Coach Brian Franks announced Thursday he is resigning his football position. He will continue to serve as athletic director and head baseball coach for the Bobcats.
Franks was the head football coach at MCHS for five seasons, compiling a record of 29-24 during that span with the ‘Cats making the playoffs once. His teams finished with a winning record in two of his five seasons as head coach.
In 2018, McNairy Central defeated Raleigh-Egypt 22-7 in the first round of the state playoffs. Covington then beat the Bobcats 35-30 in a second round shootout. The Chargers went on to finish as state runner-up.
Franks was hired as head football coach on an interim basis before the 2016 season to replace Chad Hodge. He was already the athletic director and head baseball coach.
“I’ve enjoyed coaching football and being with all the boys that have played for me,” he said.
A three-game losing streak to begin the 2020 campaign was followed by the ‘Cats winning three out of four games. They had a tough schedule last season playing four region champions.
Despite not making the playoffs, the Bobcats had big wins over Hardin County, Milan and Lexington in 2019.
Franks said he would still be around to help the football program and the new coach any way he can.
“I’ve been thinking about this (resigning) for a couple years,” remarked Franks. “I want to spend more time with my family. It takes away from family time to be the head coach of two sports and serve as athletic director too.”
He was one of the few people in the state that served as AD, head football coach, and head baseball coach.
Franks’ record during his five seasons at MC was:
2016 – 5-5, 2017 – 4-6, 2018 – 9-3, 2019 – 7-3 and 2020 – 4-7.