Franklin Co. coaches in star wars

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, July 19, 2006

MEADVILLE — Charles Moore and Chris Jordan have been through alot over the last season, from playing all their home games on theroad or at a neutral site; to guiding their respective clubs to theClass 3A state playoffs. Both have gone through the growing painswhich make a great coach.

Now comes the reward. Moore and Jordan will serve

as co-coaches in the Mississippi Association of

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Coaches Class of 2007 All-Star Basketball games. Moore andWingfield’s Bobby Gates will oversee the South girls, while Jordanand Gulfport’s Danny Grieves will coach South boys.

The games will be played Thursday night at

Mississippi College. Girls tipoff has been set for 6:30,

while the boys game begin at 8.

“It’s a good honor to coach in a game like this,”

said Jordan, who has led the Franklin County Bulldogs

to four state tournament appearances in his 15 years at

the helm. “Being able to coach some of the best up and comingseniors is always a plus.”

Jordan guided the Bulldogs to a 13-10 record this season.Franklin made it to the first round of the playoffs. In 2005,Jordan took the Bulldogs to the

Class 3A finals before Holly Springs ended their

magical run.

“Coaching a team like this doesn’t give you much time to getready,” added Jordan. “Our practice schedule will consist of foursessions in 36 hours.”

The South squad will be highlighted by 12 rising seniors. Noplayers from Southwest Mississippi made

the boys or girls rosters.

“We have had a rash of injuries to our team,” said

Moore, who piloted the Franklin County girls to a 24-3

record last season.

Entering his fifth year at the helm of the Franklin County girlsbasketball department, Moore has

established a solid work ethic and foundation for his teamssince taking over in 2002-03.

The Franklin County girls went 0-26 in 2002 under former coachAlbert Cain, before Moore got there. The Lady ‘Dogs reached SouthState this season, before being eliminated by Hazlehurst.

“It’s always an honor to coach in an All-Star game,” addedMoore. “The players are self motivated for a game like this, andits a lot of fun for us and them.”

Moore also felt that it is an honor to have Jordan

coaching the next game.

“It will feel kind of like the regular season,” continued Moore.”Chris following me to coach the next

game. It’s a double honor to have us both coaching upthere.”

Both South teams will practice and be housed at Hinds CommunityCollege in Raymond.

“I’m glad to see Chris and Charles have this opportunity,” saidFranklin County athletic director

Johnny Monroe. “They are proven coaches and real good guys. It’sa true honor to have both of them

representing us (Franklin County) in a game of this