Houston’s Franks heading to Hebron
PHEBA – Longtime Houston basketball coach, Bruce Franks, announced his retirement from the public school system, but won’t have time to cool his heals before he lands back in a gymnasium.
He will leave Houston High School after teachinga and coaching in the district for over 28 years.
Franks will assume the positions of boy’s and girl’s basketball coach for varsity and JV at Hebron Christian School as well as teach driver’s education and physical education.
Franks has over 33 years in education in both private and public schools and has racked up some impressive statistics. He taught at Houston and Woodland as well as Calhoun Academy, Chickasaw Academy and Wilkinson County Christian Academy and comprised a total overall record of 1,030-610 in boy’s and girl’s basketball combined.
Franks has coached teams to three State championships, three North State championships and 23 North State appearances.
“I’ve been blessed,” Franks said. “I give it all to the Lord. If you don’t have Him first you won’t be successful.”
Franks has always taken a personal intereste in his students, as team members and as individuals.
“I try to do the right thing,” Franks said. “I try to coach the kids as if they were my own and treat the kids as if they were my own.”
He will assume the programs at Hebron from William Cotton who will retire as Headmaster this year. Cotton assisted in coaching the Hebron girl’s team in 2011-12 and was the head coach for the program this past year.
In 2012, the varsity girls made the Overall tournament and in 2013, a very young girl’s team made a trip to the district tourney. Cotton said he felt very comfortable turning his students over to Franks.
“The girls will realize he’s an outstanding coach,” Cotton said. “By the time they play their first game, they’ll never even remember my name,” he added with a smile.
Franks said although he is looking forward to the next step in his career, he will miss his fellow teachers and students at Houston.
“It has been a blessing to be able to stay at the same school for such a long time,” Franks said.
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