Franklin County High School head baseball coach Michael Carter has announced his resignation from the program after six years of coaching the Rebels.
FCHS Athletic Director Don Rhoton said that Carter had officially given the school notice of his plans to resign earlier in the month due to a desire to move back to where he is from.
“He is an East Tennessee person, and he wanted to get back that way for personal reasons as well as for baseball reasons,” Rhoton said.
Carter confirmed his resignation Saturday and said that he has accepted a coaching job at Coahulla Creek High School in Dalton, Georgia. The city of Dalton is located near the eastern border of Tennessee.
Carter joined the Rebels in 2013 and coached them to a pair of district championships in his six years at FCHS. The Rebels won a championship in their postseason district tournament in 2017 and claimed a regular-season district title in 2018 under Carter.
The Rebels also made regional tournament appearances during Carter’s tenure in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
“In the three years that I’ve been here, he has brought (the baseball program) back to a very competitive situation,” Rhoton said. “It’s been nothing but a positive situation for us, and we really hate to see him go.”
Carter notched a record of 103-101-2 during his time in Franklin County.
A new head coach has not been named for the Rebels, but Rhoton did say that Mike Crossland, one of Carter’s assistant coaches, is one of the top choices being considered.
Crossland is an FCHS graduate who has been an assistant coach for the Rebels since 2016.
Crossland previously served as the head baseball coach at Volunteer State Community College. He also worked as an assistant coach under Rhoton at Motlow State Community College.
“I personally have a preference for Franklin County alumni that would like to come back and take care of our program,” Rhoton said. “(Crossland) has very good credentials, and he’s someone we’ll take a very strong look at.”
Rhoton added that the job has also been posted through the necessary forums with applications now being accepted. A decision will be made on whom to hire as the next head coach after reviewing the possible options.