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Franklin lands new boys basketball coach

Harpeth High School head basketball coach Jamie Wilson has been named the new coach at Franklin High School according to FHS Athletic Director Toby Ruth.

“I am super excited about the opportunity, but it’s been a bittersweet day,” Wilson said while traveling to meet his new team. “I just told my old players and it was a little emotional.”

Wilson just finished his 12th season as the head man at Harpeth, posting a 214-152 record at the Cheatam County school where his teams won four district titles and played in the district championship game seven times. Prior to his high school experience, Wilson served five years as an assistant coach on the college level at his alma mater, Martin Methodist College.

The jump from Class AA to Class AAA should not be a problem according to Wilson. Harpeth has a history of scheduling Class AAA schools for non-district competition, including Dickson County, Hillsboro and Franklin last year.

“I am not afraid of competition or work. It just makes you better. I only know one way and that’s 100 percent. 

“And that’s what the players and parents in Franklin are going to get from me,” he said.

Wilson gets a chance to prove his point quickly, facing an offseason summer contest Saturday. The game was scheduled before Franklin made coaching moves and Wilson is adamant the team honor the commitment.

While that will be his first look at returners, on Monday the Rebels will hold open tryouts for the varsity team at 1 p.m. and for freshmen at 4 p.m. Students planning on trying out Monday must have a current physical on file before the activities. He follows that up with the Franklin Rebel Basketball Camp for 1st-to-8th graders the following week (June 11-13) from 9 a.m. to noon.

Information on both events can be found by following the links at

Posted on: 5/31/2013


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