Alex Melton helped led Summit to back-to-back Class 5A State title game appearances as the Spartans won the state title two months ago in Cookeville.
Now Melton will trade his defensive coordinator role at Summit to run his own football program as he has been named the head football coach at Franklin.
“We are really thrilled to have Alex join the Franklin football family and are excited about what the future holds because of great support system,” Franklin principal Shane Pantall said. “Donnie Webb did a great job and we know that Alex can add to the history of Franklin football.”
He replaces Donnie Webb who resigned last month after a decade of running the Admiral program.
“I am really excited about coming to Franklin high school because of its long history both academically and athletically,” Melton said. “The administration is very supportive and they have a great fan base and we are hoping to add to the excitement of Franklin football.”
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.
Melton has coached at Summit since 2015 and has seen the Spartan program rise from 0-10 in 2014 to a combined 26-4 record the last two seasons.
The Spartans finished 14-1 this season and beat Oak Ridge 28-7 to capture the school’s first state title.
Summit was the 5A runner up to Knoxville Central in 2019 and the Spartans will enter the 2021 season on an 11-game winning streak.
Summit will also move up to 6A in 2021 and will play in region 7-6A with fellow Williamson county schools Brentwood, Centennial, Franklin, Independence and Ravenwood.
Before coming to Summit, Melton, a Lexington (TN) native started his coaching career at Haywood before moving to Middle Tennessee in 2007.
After moving to Middle Tennessee, Melton was an assistant coach at Brentwood, Marshall County and Centennial before coming to Summit.
Currently six schools in Cumberland Gap, Grainger, Lakeway Christian, Northwest, Sycamore and Tyner are looking for a head coach.
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