Franklin native Adam Tallent has done things the right way since graduating from Franklin High School in 2000. He attended college at Western Carolina University and entered into the Macon County School system in 2006 when he took a job as an In School Suspension Coordinator at Macon Middle School. After two years, he moved to East Franklin Elementary School where he taught Remediation, then shifted back to MMS and Union Academy where he taught Focus. When the Mountain Valley Intermediate School opened its doors, he began teaching health and physical education (P.E.) while helping varsity softball head coach Penny Moffitt coach five years worth of successful softball teams.
Now, Tallent can take comfort in knowing he's taking one more step forward in his career. Moffitt recently announced that she would be resigning from her role as head coach so that she could spend more time with her family. Luckily, a replacement wasn't too hard to find and Tallent was chosen to take the reigns of the team.
“I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity,” said Tallent. “I can't say enough about Penny and the influence that she's had on me. I've been with her for five years and I've learned a ton from her. We've went deep into the state playoffs consistently and I'll be coaching a team that I think should have the same results if not better.”
Tallent will be taking over a team that only had four seniors to graduate last spring, and who also went to the third round of the playoffs for the second year in a row.
“Three of the four players we lost were All-Conference, but we still have some talented girls that are ready to step up and have another successful season of softball,” says Tallent.
When asked about changes that the team may experience as the coaching regime changes, he said that he felt comfortable with the strategies employed by Moffitt over the years and he referred to the old adage “if it's not broke don't try to fix it.” Most of the time when coaches leave prematurely, spectators often think it's because of less than stellar results. This is not one of those cases.
“Penny has kids that are at that age where they are playing sports and instead of having to take time away from the team, she chose to focus on her family instead of coaching this year. I completely understand,” said Tallent who has two children himself. He and wife, Tiffani, just recently welcomed their second child, a daughter named Palmer. The couple also has an 18-month old son named McCray.
Tallent's life may seem busy when you consider his time spent teaching, coaching, and being a family man, but he says that he prefers it that way.
“I wouldn't have it any other way to be honest. I love my family, my team, and my job. I thank God every day for the opportunities that I've been given,” said Tallent. “I'm looking forward to the future.”
The FHS softball team will look to improve on their 15-6 record of last season when they hit the field again this spring. With strong players, effective coaching, and maybe some luck added to the equation, they may even get the opportunity to go deeper into the playoffs in the upcoming season.