Wilson leaving job at Franklin County

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, May 21, 2002

MEADVILLE : After serving three years as a coach in the FranklinCounty High School District, Wade Wilson will be moving on to thePine Belt area.

Wilson, 27, will move to Hattiesburg this summer as his wifeChristy seeks an advancement in employment. Wilson currently hashis job application on hand at several Hattiesburg area schools.Wilson is hopeful that he can land a baseball coachingposition.

At Franklin County, Wilson served as assistant coach of theBulldogs this season under the legendary Ed Zumbro, Jr. The DiamondDawgs established a 24-10 record this season, their first 20-winseason in five years.

“We had a good baseball season this year,” said Wilson. “Thekids played really hard and hung tough this season. That’s just oneof the things I’m going to miss around here.”

Wilson is a 1993 graduate of Franklin County. He is an alumnusof Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Southern Mississippi. Healso served as an assistant to the junior varsity Bulldogs thisseason and head coach of the 7th and 8th grade baseball clubs thelast three years. He helped many of the young Dawgs with hittingand pitching skills through the season.

Besides coaching baseball, Wilson also served on the FCHSfootball staff as an assistant. He also served as head soccer coachin 1999 and 2000. He was instrumental in helping jump start thesoccer program at FCHS.

“I enjoyed the opportunity coaching here,” said Wilson.”Franklin County’s been a great place and will always be in myheart. I will always keep an eye on them no matter where I’mat.”

Wilson is the third coaching member to leave the Franklin CountySchool District in the last year. Coach Johnny Monroe retired frombaseball late last year and coach Michael Goff stepped down fromthe head football spot in February to become the TransportationDirector at FHS. Zumbro and newly hired Lincoln County nativeAnthony Hart now hold those positions.

“I just hope for the best for everyone here in Franklin County,”added Wilson. “It’s been a real joy growing up and livinghere.”