Franklin basketball coach Darrin Joines has been named to replace Dr. Jeremy Qualls as athletic director for Williamson County Schools, WCS Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Dr. Leigh Webb announced via social media Tuesday afternoon.
Qualls will become the district's career technical education director on July 1.
Joines arrived at Franklin just over three years ago after two decades as the top man at Beech High School in Sumner County. He led the Rebels back to the state tournament for the first time in 30 years this season.
“I just told my team an hour ago,” Joines said early Tuesday evening. “That was very difficult. When you establish relationships, it’s tough. But, I know it’s the right move, and it’s the right move for my family.”
Qualls took the job as the district’s first athletic director five years ago. He started a true promotion of the county's sports and student-athletes, including preseason media days for football and basketball, football’s “Game Day” presentation in conjunction with WC-TV, a weekly WC-TV show highlighting athletics and the heavily copied WillCo Awards.
Joines is well aware of the promotion Qualls has been doing, as the coach’s award-winning marketing classes have been heavily involved in many of the endeavors.
“You don’t want to be the man who follows the man, but I messed that up," Joines said. "Dr. Qualls was great in that job.
“Some of the things I’m already doing … include promotion of the team. Now, I get to do that for the bigger team.”
Joines plans to continue some of the programs that Qualls started, especially the WillCo’s.
“We plan to continue those programs," the new athletics director said. "A good leader makes only subtle changes in the first year and only if needed. We can build on those for the future.”
Joines posted a 71-24 record (33-11 in District 11-AAA) over the last three seasons, with two trips to the sectionals and this year’s appearance in the state tournament in Murfreesboro.