Donnie Webb has resigned at Franklin after nine seasons as the Admirals head coach.
“I just needed to take a step back and breathe a little, football is ingrained in me and I love coaching football but it shouldn’t define who I am,” Webb said.
“Principal (Shane) Pantall is a great administrator and I have a job teaching here at Franklin and with my daughters being a senior and a freshman, I intend to stay near Franklin high school.”
Webb led the Admirals to seven Class 6A playoff appearances (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020) which included two Quarterfinal appearances in 2016 and this season as Franklin finished 7-6 losing to region rival Brentwood.
He finished with a 59-43 overall record at Franklin with his best season coming back in 2016 as the Admirals finished 10-3 before losing to eventual state champion Whitehaven in the Quarterfinals.
“Donnie is a great coach and an even better person who you definitely want your son to play for and while I am sad that he will not be our head football coach anymore, I am excited that will will stay at Franklin high school and teach our students,” Franklin Principal Shane Pantall said.
He was the Defensive Coordinator for Franklin under both former coaches Tim Johnson and Craig Clayton and also served as the BGA defensive coordinator before taking the Franklin head coaching job in 2012.
Webb also served as the head coach at his Alma mater Henry County for five seasons (1999-2003) before coming to Franklin as his overall coaching record is 74-79.
He has also served as an assistant coach at Cheatham County (1992-93), Henry County (1994), Milan (1995-1997) and Oakland (1998).
Currently eight schools in Arlington, Cherokee, FACS, Franklin, Lakeway Christian, MTCS, Mt. Pleasant and Tyner are looking for a head coach.
Jermel Jones Hired Back in Florida at Lyman High School
A week after resigning as the head football coach at Lakeway Christian, Jermel Jones has landed a head football coaching back in his home state of Florida.
Jones has been hired as the new head football coach at Lyman high school in Orlando.
He served as the head football coach at Lakeway Christian this season and the Lions went 0-5 this season.
“I would like to thank God for the opportunity to coach at Lakeway and the relationship and friendship I was able to build during my time there. I thank God for providing an opportunity to coach at Lyman high school. This opportunity gave me a chance to be close to my family, my wife, and with my parents getting older it helps me be closer to them in this difficult time. I’m sad to leave Lakeway but I’m looking forward to taking over the helm at Lyman high school,” Jones said.
Before coming to Lakeway Christian, Jones had spent his whole coaching career in Florida as he was the head coach at Master’s Academy for five years (2015-19) and led the school to the Sunshine State Athletic Conference championship in 2019.
He also had assistant coaching stints at Florida schools Hagerty high school (2013-14), Boone (2012) and First Coast (2004-11).
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