The Franklin Rebels didn’t have to go far to find a new head boys basketball coach, tapping Dickson County’s Jason Tigert to replace Darrin Joines.
Joines gave up his coaching duties to become the Williamson County Schools Athletic Director two weeks ago.
“It’s was emotional, brutal,” said Tigert about talking with his old team about his leaving, “but this new opportunity at Franklin is exciting. It was emotional; when you love your kids and you love what you do, it makes it difficult but that’s part of life.
“This is a great opportunity. Great school system, a school with such great tradition, it just felt right.
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“That chapter in my life was wonderful and I think this chapter at Franklin will be, too.”
Tigert is a 1994 graduate of Dickson County High School where he played for local legend Shelby Rye. He spent seven years at the helm of the Cougar program, posting a 90-115 overall record, 38-56 in District 11-AAA. Tigert lead DCHS to the regional tournament four times and one sectional appearance.
Franklin assistant principal Toby Ruth has great expectations for the new mentor.
“We are excited about bringing him on staff," Ruth said. "He has a history of building programs and growing players. We believe he will fit in perfectly with the Franklin High athletics culture.”
After a run to the state tournament, the Rebels’ graduation losses included two-time Williamson County Player of the Year Reese Glover among others, but that doesn’t worry Tigert.
The wait is over. The Franklin Rebels are headed back to the state tournament.
“We’ve to find our own identity, but there are some great pieces in play," he said. "We’re going to be looking for balance, five contributors on the floor. There are huge pieces to replace, but coach (Darrin) Joines continued the great tradition at Franklin and left a solid foundation.
“It was fun trying to find a way to beat these guys, it will be more fun finding ways to win with them.”