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Franklin County High School hires new Rebelettes basketball coach

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:40 am


Evan Harris



When the Franklin County Rebelettes lace up their sneakers and take the courts this upcoming Fall it will be under new direction.

In a recent press release Mr. Greg Mantooth, principal, was pleased to announce Larry Helton as the new girls’ basketball coach at Franklin County High School.

“We are excited that Larry has decided to become a part of our school both athletically and academically. Throughout the interview process, he never wavered from his plan and philosophy concerning his basketball program, and how he operated the pre-season, practice, and game situations. He is extremely respected by his peers, as well as, various others that he has come in contact with throughout his career.” Mantooth stated.

Larry is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with B.S., Masters, and Educational Specialist degrees.

He comes to Franklin County from Lewis County High School where he has been the girls’ coach and classroom teacher for the last thirteen years. Prior to that, he was the head girls’ coach at Forrest High School and assistant coach at Mt. Juliet High School.

Larry has also been a boys’ coach for a brief time in which he had thirty-five wins. He was also named Men’s Coach of the Year.

Career Highlights for Larry include the following:

· 420 wins in girls’ basketball

· 1995, 2010 State Tournament Elite Eight

· 8 women’s basketball regular season championships

· 7 women’s basketball tournament championships

· 7 women’s Coach of the Year awards

· 1995, 2010 Region and Sectional Championships

· 2001 Head Coach for the Women’s East All Stars

· 14 players signing college basketball scholarships

Some of his professional experiences include TSSAA District and Region Coordinator; TSSAA volleyball official; State Department of Education Teacher Mentoring Program Trainer; SACS committee member; a member of the TACA All-Star Basketball selection committee; and Chairman of the Social Studies and Reading Departments.

Larry and his entire family have been committed to the basketball programs no matter where he has been over the course of his career.

“We are sincerely proud to have Larry and his family as a part of Franklin County High School and our community,” Mantooth wrapped up the recent release by stating.

Larry plans to be in the district as soon as possible to meet the players and their families.