Preston takes top job at Franklin-Simpson

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 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Former Bullitt East football coach Doug Preston, who remained a teacher at the school this school year, was named the new head football coach at Franklin-Simpson High School last week.

Preston was the Charger head coach for three seasons, taking the red and gold to the Class 4-A State Championship game in 2008, his first season. After resigning at Bullitt East following the 2010 season, Preston worked as an assistant coach at North Hardin High School last season while still teaching at Bullitt East.

In a strange twist, Preston coached against Bullitt East last season when North Hardin traveled to Mount Washington for an opening round game in the Class 5-A play-offs, a game that North Hardin won.

Preston takes over a Franklin-Simpson program that has had a lot of success, including producing present University of Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips. A year ago, the Wildcats posted a 13-2 record and reached the state championship game before falling to Highlands 42-14.

The timing worked out well for Preston as his daughter, who will graduate from Bullitt East this week, will be attending Western Kentucky University in the fall.

In another strange twist, Preston will bring his first Wildcat team to Mount Washington on Aug. 10 for a scrimmage that was already set up before his hiring.