Josh Liebeskind of the Seattle Times is reporting that Franklin High School has hired former Washington State University standout and NFL defensive back James Hasty as there head football coach.
Hasty is a Franklin graduate and attended Central Washington University before transferring to WSU. In 1988 he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round and later played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets earning a Pro Bowl selection in 1997 and 1999.
Hasty told the Seattle Times, “I wanted to make sure that I reached out to the area that I grew up in, and I’m glad I was able to go back to my high school.” He continued saying, “I think everyone is pretty well aware of what’s going on with the Seattle Public Schools as far as football is concerned. We know that it’s built a pretty good powerhouse as far as basketball, but I think everybody would agree football-wise, it’s not where it really used to be.”
Hasty has a challenge ahead as he inherits an 0-8 program that had issues with academic ineligibility last season.
He is the third Seattle area coach to play professionally as he joins Ballard’s Joey Thomas and Garfield’s Derek Sparks. Thomas played for the Packers along with the Saints, Cowboys, Edmonton Eskimos (CFL), and Dolphins. Sparks spent time with the San Francisco 49ers.
(KPUG Newsroom/Seattle Times)