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High school football: Darwin Franklin named Millwood football coach

Franklin is the son of legendary Falcons basketball coach Varryl Franklin. Darwin Franklin replaces Tony Henry.
by Scott Wright Published: May 8, 2013
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Varryl Franklin has been Millwood's basketball coach since 1978, leading the team to 12 of its state-record 15 championships. He also served as a football assistant for nearly 30 years.

Darwin Franklin replaces Tony Henry, who stepped down last month after he and his wife accepted teaching jobs on an oil base in Saudi Arabia.

“I'm not giving up coaching, I'm just taking a break,” Henry said. “I enjoyed my time at Millwood and I wish them the best.

“My wife and I are excited for this opportunity. The benefits are great. Our three kids will get the chance to travel and see the world, so they're excited, too.”

Henry will be working for Saudi Aramco, teaching the children of the oil company's employees.

Millwood moved quickly to get a coach hired in time for spring practice, and bringing another Franklin into the building is exciting.

“With him being a former student at Millwood, we welcome him and think he will be a great addition to our staff,” Griffin said. “It will be a joy to have him and his father working together.”