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Buck selected as head football coach at Franklinton

June 19, 2012
North Carolina

By Geoff Neville, Franklin Times

FRANKLINTON - Jeremy Buck knows a few things about being a part of rebuilding football programs.

After all, Buck has served as the head coach at Harding University School and East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte -- programs that were in need of help when he took over.

Buck will have no such worries when he arrives on campus to become the new gridiron coach at Franklinton.

Outgoing skipper Clark Harrell built the Red Rams into a local power during his four-year stint at FHS. And this past season, Franklinton boasted its best record in a campaign since the early 1980s (10-3).

Keeping that momentum going will now be the chief chore for Buck, who was officially named as Franklinton’s skipper on Friday.

One day earlier, Buck had resigned at East Mecklenburg, which went 2-9 last fall.

Buck’s overall record as a head coach isn’t flashy, in part because he has been involved with programs in rebuilding mode.

But FHS Principal Charles Fuller sees Buck as being a strong fit for the Red Rams.

“Coach Buck’s organizational skills really stood out,’’ Fuller said. “He is committed to producing a quality football program -- a program that addresses all of the aspects of being a student-athlete.

“When we interviewed him, he had already worked up fron on how he wanted practices and other things to work.’’

Buck met with his new players last Friday evening at the FHS Auditorium.

Buck will be welcomed by a crew with high hopes for the fall campaign. In addition to last year’s varsity success, Franklinton has been the Northern Carolina Conference JV champs for two years running -- and Cedar Creek Middle School continues to produce quality seasons.

“I spoke to several people (from the Charlotte Area), and the consensus I got was that Coach Buck inherited programs that were down, and they were better off when he left them.’’

Buck is a native of Chapel Hill who has experience as an assistant coach at Charlotte Vance, Cary and West Brunswick High Schools.

He has expressed a desire to move back to the area to be closer to his family.

Harrell stepped down in the off-season to become the head coach of Smithfield High School in Virginia.

Fuller has yet to decide on a new boys basketball coach at FHS. He indicated that he was still waiting to see what teaching vacancies will become open for the 2012-13 school year.

Franklinton is also seeking new coaches in cross country and swimming.

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