FRA names Bill Whittemore to replace David Pack as head football coach

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 2:37pm

Bill Whittemore, a former Mr. Football in Tennessee, has been named the head football coach at Franklin Road Academy, the school announced Tuesday.

As a senior quarterback in 1998, Whittemore led Brentwood High to a 12-1 record and the Class 5A state playoff quarterfinals. After the season, he was named the school’s first Mr. Football winner. He went on and earned Big 12 all-conference and all-academic awards, playing for Kansas.

Whittemore, 31, replaces David Pack who resigned Feb. 10 after being arrested in a Metro sting operation.

He arrived at FRA in 2008 and worked under Pack as varsity quarterbacks coach. He also served as the head middle school football coach and middle school track coach.

“The FRA community has given me an opportunity for which I am very grateful, and I am excited to lead our young people through this position,” he said. “The coaching staff we already have in place is ready to lead the program to the next level.”

After college, Whittemore spent time in the National Football League with the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets but never appeared in a regular season game. He also was with the Nashville Kats of the Arena League.

“We are extremely excited to have Bill at the head of our football program,” athletic director Kurt Page said. “He is ready to meet the challenge, and he is poised and ready to take on this great opportunity.”

Whittemore began his coaching career as a volunteer at Brentwood High in 2005, then served as a grad assistant at Louisiana Monroe and  at Kansas from 2006-08.

FRA finished 4-7 and lost in the first round of the DII-A playoffs in 2011

“Bill is someone who understands our program,” Page said. “He is a dynamic individual with tremendous experience as a standout player and Mr. Football winner as well as his outstanding ability to coach. He is a rising star in our profession.”

Whittemore and wife Denise live in Franklin.