For the first time in nearly three decades, Franklin Road Academy’s Jack Nunnally will not be leading the school’s softball team when the Lady Panthers open their season Friday.
Nunnally announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down for medical reasons, bringing an end to a 28-year career that featured 298 wins.
“I have been at FRA for over half my life,” said Nunnally, who recently underwent his second back surgery in three years. “My two children grew up there, played sports there and graduated from there so it is with mixed emotions that I leave FRA.”
Nunnally is a six-time district/region coach of the year award recipient.
“I feel the softball program is in great hands as Coach Kris Climer — my assistant for the past 20 years — will be filling in this year,” Nunnally said. “I also think we have a great group of seniors and one of the best pitching and catching tandems in the area in Julianna Alexander and Jesse Heldman.”
The Lady Panthers, who complete in Division II-A East/Middle District 2, will take on Lookout Valley in Friday’s 4 p.m. home opener.