Last Friday afternoon, Max Chaney was named the new head football coach at Franklin-Simpson High School. He follows Doug Preston who stepped down as F-S head coach in February to take the job as head football coach at John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown.
“I am extremely excited,” Chaney said. “You grow up here, play football here and coach here for a little while so it is very exciting to be the new head football coach.”
“We at Franklin-Simpson High School are very excited to have Max Chaney as our next Head Football Coach,” Wildcats’ Athletics Director Matt Wilhite said. “Max is extremely knowledgeable of the game, and has worked with many great coaches at the high school level, and as well as the college level while playing to help develop him into the coach he is today. Max is great at creating a positive rapport with our players, and also with all of our students at the high school. I think you will see with that positive rapport we will have some other great athletes we have at FSHS on the football field this fall. Max is extremely well respected in our community, and with that I think you will see a ton of community support behind him and these players.”
The announcement was made in front of the football team and coaching staff at the high school. Chaney addressed the team before the end of school on Friday.
“I am honored, proud and love you guys, “Chaney said. “We are going to have to work a ton. We will still have Coach (Matt) Marsh, Coach (Rob) McDougal, Coach (John) Profitt and Coach (Josh) Satterly and some of the people we can find. We are keeping the nucleus in place and wouldn’t expect anything different except for a whole lot of positivity. I want you all to work hard and stay active during this time off.”
“I’m glad that Coach Chaney is our football coach and really excited to get things going under him,” Malik Carter said. “It’s going to be a fun season and he is going to work us hard into the team he wants us to be. If we work hard, we will win a lot of games.
“Really excited to have Coach Chaney be our head coach,” Andrew Ogles said. “He is without a doubt the best man for the job. He’s a hard nosed coach and that’s the way we will play football. We are going to have a hard nosed, hard work summer preparing for the season.”
Chaney was an offensive lineman on the Franklin-Simpson football team in 1994 and 1995 and was also an offensive lineman at Campbellsville University from 1996 through 2000. He began coaching in 2006 as an assistant offensive line coach with Joey Kilburn. In 2008, he moved into the offensive line coach as well as strength and conditioning coach. In 2013, he became offensive coordinator
“It’s really awesome to coach your alma mater,” Chaney said. “I played ball with both (Matt) Marsh and (Josh) Satterly. (Rob) McDougal has been forever and John (Profitt) has been with us for a few years so to be able to coach football with these guys who take pride in the program is even better for me. We’re going to try to give these kids the same positive experience that we had when we came through.”
Chaney would like to get started immediately but because of the statewide school closures from the coronavirus pandemic and KHSAA ruling on no spring football practices because of the pandemic, there will be no practices outside until the last day of school.
“We normally use that time to prepare,” Chaney said. “We were going to talk about things we will do differently defensively but every school is going through this, it will benefit teams that have older kids coming back that have some stability. We’re pretty stable but we have some defensive changes to make and we wanted to get ahead of that during spring football but now we won’t have that opportunity.”
The football season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 21 at the Greenwood Gators, which means the Wildcats will get to work as soon as school is back in session.
“The season opener starts at Greenwood and they got us last year so there will be some motivation for that game,” Chaney said. “I know that we are young, but the main thing is to get better with each game played, be tough and schematically sound.”