FRANKLINTON -- Just weeks after hiring Jimmy Williams as its head football coach, Franklinton High School has once again dipped into the East Wake pipeline.
FHS' next boys basketball skipper will be Darrin Stinson. Like Williams, Stinson has head coaching experience at East Wake High School.
Recently, Stinson has served as a boys basketball assistant at Knightdale HS under the legendary Anthony Byrd.
At Franklinton, Stinson will replace Terrence Horne, whose contract was not renewed in the off-season.
Horne enjoyed plenty of success for the Red Rams, but saw his club dip to 2-20 overall during the 2017-18 campaign.
During the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Horne led Franklinton to a combined 39 victories, including a 20-win year in 2016-17.
Stinson's main mission at Franklinton will be to help the Red Rams become competitive in the always-strong Class 3-A Big East Conference, which features the likes of perennial powerhouses Rocky Mount and Northern Nash.
FHS struggled in its first year in the Big East after a successful long stretch in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
But with a strong core of players moving up the ladder from Franklinton and Cedar Creek Middle Schools, the possibility is there for the Red Rams to be competitive once again on the hardwood after a rare down season.
Stinson will also help long-time friend and coaching associate Williams on the gridiron as an assistant and will specialize on the defensive side of the ball.
Stinson was East Wake's head boys hoops skipper for five seasons and led the Warriors to a winning campaign in 2013-14 -- the first one in eight years at the Wendell school.
He eventually went to Knightdale to assist the football and boys basketball programs.
Ironically, Stinson was succeeded at East Wake by former Bunn High School legend Gerald Melton, who is still at EWHS.
Pictured (Above): THE NEW GUYS. Long-time friends Jimmy Williams (football) and Darrin Stinson (boys basketball) will be new head coaches this year for the Franklinton High School Red Rams. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)