Franklin Football Coach Tom Haynes Announces Retirement

| November 18, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Franklin head football coach Tom Haynes announced via Facebook his retirement from coaching Sunday.

(Photo courtesy of Tom Haynes)

“I wanted to take a moment and thank you all for your efforts and support over the last seven years,” Haynes wrote. “It is time for me to move on and focus on my family. It’s been 37 years, and I have loved every minute of it. God Bless to all who have supported the Knights. It was appreciated. Go Knights. Coach Haynes is signing off. Good luck and Thank you to all of you.”

Haynes, who confirmed his retirement in a text to exploreVenango was Franklin’s head coach the past seven seasons, and his retirement coincides with his son, Ian, graduating this school year and hopefully playing college football.

Haynes’ recent teams have been known for their high-flying offenses, but mixed results.

During the four years of coaching his son, Ian, Ian Haynes became the all-time leading passer in District 10 history with over 9,000 career yards.

Franklin, though, went 2-8 this season after going 3-7 in 2018 and 2-8 in 2017.

The Knights last playoff appearance came in 2016 when Franklin went 4-6 losing to Fort LeBoeuf in the first round.

Franklin was 6-6 in 2015 with a D10 Class 3A playoff semifinal appearance.

Haynes took over the Knights in 2013 as they were coming off a stretch that saw them go 5-35 over the previous four seasons including 0-10 in 2011.

His first two teams won just three games before the back-to-back playoff appearances.

Haynes had spent 16 years as the head coach at Cochranton before coming to Franklin with his last year with the Cardinals being in 2011.

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