Jeff Wilhoite knows all about Franklin County High School baseball.
Now he’ll be using that knowledge as the Flyers’ head coach.
Wilhoite was named the head baseball coach at FCHS last week after spending seven years as an assistant with the program.
“I’m anxious to get started,” said Wilhoite, a 1996 graduate of FCHS. “I’ll give them a couple of weeks to get acclimated to school, and then we’ll start fall stuff.”
This will be Wilhoite’s first head coaching job. He replaces Kevin Goins, who served as head coach the past two seasons.
“I’ve been an assistant with the high school program; I played baseball here,” Wilhoite said. “I’ve always been involved with the baseball program.
“I was interested in seeing someone from Frankfort here as the head coach, someone who knows the community and is known by the community. For our senior class I’ll be the third head coach in four years.
“I’d like to start bringing back stability a little bit. Being someone from Frankfort, to see if the community can rally behind me. I’d like to be here for awhile.”
Wilhoite is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he played baseball for one year. He’s employed by the state in the Commonwealth Office of Technology and is engaged to be married in October to April Lancaster.
Last season Wilhoite served as the Flyers’ infield coach and head junior varsity coach, giving him a head start as the varsity head coach.
“We have an exciting group of young players, a lot of freshmen and sophomores, who are going to be exciting to watch,” he said. “The future looks good for Franklin County baseball.
“We have a lot of good baseball players from baseball families. We’ll only have three or four seniors next year and our junior class is pretty small, so we’ll be relying heavily on our freshmen and sophomores.”
The Flyers graduated seven seniors off last season’s team and return three pitchers with varsity experience — Tanner Walker, Blake Redmon and Isaac Dotson, who was an eighth-grader last season.
Dotson was one of seven eighth-graders brought up to the high school program. A couple saw varsity action with the rest playing on the JV team.
“I’m really excited to be a part of Franklin County as a head coach,” Wilhoite said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I want to bring that spark and excitement about playing for Franklin County. When I was in Little League and at Elkhorn, I couldn’t wait for the chance to play for Franklin County.
“I look forward to impacting the kids’ lives off the field as much as on the field. That’s probably the most important thing, that I care about the kids on and off the field.”