Dobyns-Bennett named Bill Francis its new girls basketball coach Tuesday. He replaces longtime coach Roger France.

The announcement was made in a release Tuesday evening by the Kingsport City Schools.

Francis will serve as head coach, effective immediately.

“We are very excited about Coach Francis’ vision on where he will lead the girls program in the future,” Dobyns-Bennett Athletic Director Cary Daniels said.

Francis has served as the boys' junior varsity basketball coach and varsity assistant coach the last four seasons.

Roger France - the winningest girls' basketball coach in program history - announced his resignation in May.