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Harbin turns in resignation as coach of Franklin High School varsity football

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Brian Harbin has resigned as varsity head football coach after four seasons at Franklin Community High School.

Harbin tendered his resignation to the school board on Monday. The school announced his departure Tuesday.

Franklin athletics director Kip Staggs said the search for a new coach has begun but no timetable has been set for a hire.

“We’ll take our due diligence and make sure we get the right coach,” Staggs said.

A former assistant coach at Center Grove, Harbin served one season as head coach at Franklin Central before coming to Franklin.

Harbin was 2-8 in his one season with the Flashes (2008) and was 13-28 during his four years with the Grizzly Cubs. His combined record is 15-36.

In his final season, Franklin was 4-7. The Class 5A Cubs lost seven of their final nine games but did earn a 22-19 first-round sectional win against Bloomington North. The following week, they lost 62-6 against eventual regional champion Center Grove.

Franklin’s best season under Harbin was 2011, when it finished 5-5. The Cubs haven’t had a winning season since 1996, when they finished 6-3.

Harbin was suspended for one practice by school officials for using unacceptable language during halftime of a 40-14 loss against against Decatur Central in the Oct. 12 regular-season finale. The Cubs defeated Bloomington North the following week.

“I have enjoyed my time while at Franklin, and I feel grateful for the opportunity, knowledge and friendships I have gained over the past four years,” Harbin said in a statement released by the school. “I’d like to thank the current and former administrators, staff, players, parents and community for their support during my time as head football coach.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments that our staff and players have made over the past four years. I wish we could have accomplished much more, but I leave wishing the program nothing but the best in the future.”

On Tuesday, Harbin declined to say anything further than the statement he gave the school board.

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