By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Former Madison County Head Football Coach Frankie Carroll is headed to Pelham, Ga., to assume duties as the school’s new head football coach.
“This door was opened by the Lord,” Carroll said. “I had been praying to the Lord, for a long time, for a chance like this.”
While Carroll was the head coach at MCHS, the team amassed an amazing win-loss record. The Cowboys went to the state championship three times with Carroll as head coach and won one title.
When Carroll was an assistant coach at the high school, the team went to two state titles games and won one of them. Randy McPherson was the head Cowboy coach at the time.
McPherson was one of the driving forces in getting Carroll the job at Pelham. Now the head coach at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., McPherson suggested Carroll for the job to the school’s principal.
The Pelham principal called Carroll and offered him the job. The school board made it official on Thursday evening, April 7.
Carroll said that the Pelham team looks just like the Madison team, although their record doesn’t show it. The Hornets went 0-10 last year and have hardly won any games since 2002.
“The main difference between the teams,” Carroll said, “is that the Cowboys knew they could win and Pelham just isn’t sure.”
Carroll said that he wanted to instill that confidence in the Hornets.
After stepping down as the Cowboys’ head coach two years ago, Carroll has kept busy driving the school bus and working with the ESE program at Madison County Central School.
Carroll is a graduate of Greenville High School, where he played defensive back for the Pirates. The Pirates won a couple of Suwannee Valley conference titles during the time he was in high school.
Prior to becoming the Cowboys’ head coach, Carroll was the Cowboys’ JV coach and coached the defensive ends on varsity.
Carroll and his wife, Della, have a son, Jeremy, and a daughter, Rebecca Wambolt. They also have two grandchildren, Ashton and Lexi Carroll.
“Della and I would like to thank all the people of Madison County for supporting me over the years,” Carroll said.