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Roger France resigns as girls basketball coach at Dobyns-Bennett

May 7th, 2014 3:24 pm by Pat Kenney

Roger France resigns as girls basketball coach at Dobyns-Bennett

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett girls basketball coach Roger France announced his resignation on Wednesday.

"I've been thinking about this for about six weeks," said France. "I've been coaching for the past 34 years, 29 as a head coach.

"This is a good time to step away from coaching at Dobyns-Bennett. The program is on the upswing. There are a number of good players coming up so I think things will be in pretty good shape."

France began his career at Appalachia High School and has coached at J.J. Kelly, Hiwassee Junior College, Cleveland High School and Dobyns-Bennett. He is the winningest girls basketball coach in D-B history with a record of 287-236. His overall career record is 549-349.

France's teams advanced to the Region 1 tournament 12 times in his 18 years at the helm of the Lady Indians.

"I know there will be days that I will miss coaching," added France. "For sure I'll miss the relationships with the kids and my coaching staff.

"I've been around a long time and have become friends with a lot of coaches over the years. That's the fun part of this job.

"But over all those years I was never home for Thanksgiving or the Christmas holidays," added France. "Now I don't' have to be. That will be nice."

France will continue to teach wellness at Dobyns-Bennett.

"Coach France has done an outstanding job with our girls basketball program at Dobyns-Bennett," said D-B athletic director Cary Daniels. "We wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors."

Daniels said that a search committee would be formed to start the process of finding a new girls basketball coach at D-B.

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