Franklin High School graduate and assistant coach Wally Whidby has been named the new head baseball coach of the Rebels, succeeding Jon Whipple, who resigned last week.
“I’m very excited,” Whidby said when named head coach Monday. “I’ve always been very passionate about Franklin baseball and truly enjoyed my three years under coach Whipple."
Whidby played at Franklin, graduating in 1995, before culminating his playing career in the NCAA Division II College World Series in 1999 at the University of North Alabama.
“We are a program on the rise," Whidby said of the Rebels. "This year’s upcoming seniors are very strong and some of the hardest working players I’ve been around. I think we’re going to see kids who are hungry after the events of last year.”
The Rebels season was over before it started this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to Whidby's coaching at Franklin, the five-year veteran of the Williamson County Schools IT Department spent time as an assistant at Ravenwood and Brentwood. He was also a sportswriter for a pair of former local newspapers.
The hire will also create a family affair around the Rebel diamonds. Karen Whidby, Wally’s wife, was named head coach of the Franklin softball team last year.
Whipple spent eight years as the head Rebels baseball coach and guided Franklin to a 20-11 record in 2019. In a social media post last week, he said he will miss his time as coach, but looks forward to spending more time with his family.
“I look forward to being called dad a little more than coach,” Whipple said, thanking the school administration, families and players. “I look forward to catching some games on the other side of the fence.”