East Coweta's Deloach notches 500th win

Posted 3/19/2021 

East Coweta's Franklin Deloach, left, won his 500th baseball game on Friday, March 19, 2021

 

Deloach gets 500th baseball win

 

Franklin Deloach took a ho-hum approach Friday night after a major coaching milestone.

Baseball win No. 500 was fun, but it was exhausting at the same time.

A 6-3 victory over Glenwood (Ala.) in the second game of a doubleheader helped Deloach reach a major mark.

"I've been staying busy," said the longtime coach who also heads up the school's powerhouse softball program.

Deloach joined East Paulding's Tony Boyd to become the latest members of the Georgia prep baseball 500-win coaching club. The two joined the prestigious group on the same night, a first in the state. Deloach is the 35th member to win 500 or more games and he is tied with Boyd for 14th on the active baseball coaching list. After Friday night, Deloach's overall baseball coaching record stands at 500-206.

His softball wins give him more than 1,000 overall in his career.

Deloach was greeted with a plaque and a cake to celebrate the milestone victory.

"It's a testament to the kids who have played and the coaching staff," he said. "Also to my awesome wife and my kids who have been with me."

He also mentioned stability within his staff. Brandon Blair and Marc Bowles have served as assistants for many years as well as Roc Coleman, whom Deloach said has been his head junior varsity coach for more than 15 years and plays a major role in developing younger players.

It didn't take long for fans and supporters to congratulate Deloach on the milestone. One tweet by East Coweta High School stated, "Awesome Breaking News! Head Baseball Coach, Franklin Deloach, just earned his 500th career win tonight! Congratulations, Coach D! You are a class act and have done it the right way! The EC Athletic Dep't and entire school community salutes you!"

While Deloach was honored, he chose to stay humble.

"For me it means you've been doing this a long time," he said. "And the support from the school system and faculty as well as all those players (through the years), you've got to have players. That has played a big part."