Within the same week in early May, Franklin High School’s head coach Josh Brooks and Swain High School’s Neil Blankenship announced they would be resigning from their respective posts. However, within the last two weeks, both coaches have since reversed their earlier announcement and will be returning for the upcoming football seasons.
Blankenship took a leave of absence during the 2020 season and ultimately stepped down from his position in early May.
Over the last few weeks, the school system has conducted an extensive search for a Head Football Coach but was unable to identify a replacement for the program.
Swain County Schools stated that after careful consideration, Blankenship agreed to return in 2021 as Head Football Coach at Swain High School.
Over his eight seasons leading the Maroon Devils, Blankenship has compiled an overall record of 79-31.
After 15 years of serving as the Head Football Coach for Franklin High School, Coach Josh
Brooks announced his resignation via Twitter. Brooks, a native of Jackson County, went 127-60 during his time at Franklin, including four undefeated regular seasons in the past nine years. He reached the 2AA Western Regional Final in 2014, falling 31-21 to East Lincoln.
Franklin High School announced at the end of May that Brooks would be staying on as head coach for the Panthers.