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Honoring a Millwood legend

Varryl Franklin was honored at the final home game of the Millwood Falcons. Franklin was basketball coach at the school for more than 40 years. (KOKH)

Varryl Franklin is a legend at Millwood High School.

"These days, a lot of coaches move around from school to school," said former Falcon Gary Lewis. "It's rare that you find somebody who's going to stay at one school for 45 years. That's him."

Franklin has been the boys head basketball coach for 40 years. During his incredible run, he's accumulated over 600 wins and 13 state titles.

"I think it's been good for the program, for the school," said Franklin. "I hope it has. And now we're ready to pass the baton on as they say."

The scene at Franklin-Spears gym last Friday night will tell you all you need to know about the good Franklin has done. Hundreds came to honor the man they call "Chop" for his final regular-season home game ever. He's retiring at the end of the season.

"I've enjoyed every minute of it. There's not one time I didn't enjoy coaching those guys, practicing. I probably enjoyed practices more because I get to teach. But I've enjoyed the big game atmosphere, playing in those big games. My adrenaline, I don't know how I'm going to get rid of that. Those are the two things I really enjoy about coaching."

"The dedication that he gave for everybody else," said Darwin Franklin, Varryl's son and Millwood head football coach, "taught me how to sacrifice and work hard. I'm really glad he gets to go out how he wants to go out."



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