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DeBusk named athletics director at Dobyns-Bennett

Staff Report • Jul 10, 2019 at 7:11 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Schools has named Frankie DeBusk as athletics director for Dobyns-Bennett High School. DeBusk will be responsible for the oversight, coordination and direction of all school athletic programming.

DeBusk takes a position that had been held by Larry Shively, who resigned earlier this year to return to the classroom at Science Hill High School in Johnson City.

“We are thrilled that Coach DeBusk is bringing his long history of achievement and deep knowledge of athletics and leadership to our programs here at Dobyns-Bennett,” D-B Principal Chris Hampton said in a news release. “Coach DeBusk has proven he knows what it takes to reach a high level of success and we are excited that his leadership will help continue the storied legacy of the Tribe. We look forward to Frankie and his family becoming a regular fixture in our community.”

DeBusk has served in a variety of coaching and leadership roles throughout his career, including assistant coach and coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and 18 years as the head coach at Tusculum College. While at Tusculum, he led the five most successful football seasons in the history of the program and is the school’s winningest coach. In addition to his coaching duties, he also served as Tusculum athletic director for eight years. As AD, he served as chairman of the South Atlantic Conference Athletic Directors’ Council and was a member of the NCAA Division II Regional Advisory Committee for Football.

“I’m incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead athletics at one of the most successful high school programs in the nation,” DeBusk said in the news release. “Dobyns-Bennett has a long history of athletic success, and I look forward to how we will continue that tradition of greatness moving forward.”

DeBusk graduated from Greeneville High School in 1987 and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Furman University in 1991. As a three-year starting quarterback at Furman, he led the Paladins to three consecutive Southern Conference Championships and the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship in 1988. He was inducted into the Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

He is married to the former Jennifer Coffey of Bristol, Tennessee, and they have a son, Ty.