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WAKE FOREST — Longtime Franklin Academy High School baseball coach Lenny Fairfield announced his retirement earlier this week. The Patriots are currently looking for his replacement for the upcoming spring season.
“God spoke to me and just said that it’s time for me to retire,” Fairfield said. “Baseball at the high school level requires tremendous time and commitment. After six years of countless hours sacrificed, it’s time for me to focus on my family and my health.”
Fairfield joined Franklin Academy in the spring of 2014, where he led the Patriots to their most wins in school history at the time with 10. Franklin Academy made the 1A state playoffs that year, but lost to Louisburg 15-2 in the first round.
Fairfield’s best season as head coach for the Patriots was in 2017, where Franklin Academy went 17-7 and finished third in the North Central Athletic conference. The Patriots won their first state playoff game in school history that year by beating Pamlico County 10-6. Franklin Academy lost in the following round to Riverside 9-1. The 17 wins are a program record.
Last season, Franklin Academy went 11-13 overall and 7-7 in North Central conference play. The Patriots made the state playoffs, but lost to Gates County 2-1.
Fairfield retires with a record of 62-75 with five total playoff appearances in six seasons. He holds school records for most playoff appearances by a head coach, most total wins and most wins in one season with 17.