Beyond the Game: Cody Rich to take over as Franklin-Simpson girls' coach

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FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO)-- Franklin-Simpson High School knew it would be tough to replace veteran coach David Clark who made the decision to retire as the head man of the Lady Wildcats, but they're very excited about who's taking over the program, as Cody Rich has been named the new head coach of the Lady Cats.

"Funny where you end up," said Rich. "I don't think I could've ended up at a better place. I'm super excited."

This is Rich's first high school head coaching job, but he's far from new to the game of basketball.

An Edmonson County standout, Rich recorded more than 2,000 career points on the court, receiving all-state recognition.

While still in college at WKU, he knew he wanted to start coaching. He spent three seasons at Edmonson County Middle School as the head coach, before transitioning to the high school ranks, spending one season at Warren East before coming to Franklin-Simpson, where he assisted Coach Dee Spencer's squad being a part of two straight 13th District Championships.

"Coach Spencer has helped me so much," said Rich. "The second day I was here, I talked to him and he told me I could help and it was just like a brotherhood. They're a family to me, all the guys."

He says he knows very well what coach Clark has meant to Franklin-Simpson, and realizes it will be tough to replace what he's accomplished, as this past season was capped off by winning the district championship and advancing to the 4th Region Tournament.

That there alone is what motivates Rich, as he hopes to maintain the momentum with the Lady Wildcats.

"I'm following a very good coach," Rich said. "I'll never be coach Clark and I wouldn't want to be coach Clark. He is a mentor of mine and I want to learn from him. So there's a little pressure, but we like pressure here."

He has the full support of the man he's succeeding.

"He's a really good teacher," said Clark. "He teaches science so he's got to be smart, unlike me. I'm the physical education teacher, I don't have to deal with all those formulas and all that stuff he does.

"He's very intelligent, he's young, and the other thing that impressed me is he wanted this job and he knew we're still rebuilding. I think we got the right hire."