North Texas Alum John Franklin Joins Women's Hoops Staff

Aug. 5, 2015

John Franklin joins the North Texas women's hoops staff as director of basketball operations.
John Franklin joins the North Texas women's hoops staff as director of basketball operations.

DENTON - North Texas head women's basketball coach Jalie Mitchell has announced the hiring of John Franklin who will take over as director of basketball operations.

With over 20 years of basketball experience as a player and a coach, Franklin will oversee travel, equipment, scheduling, and video coordination for the team. He will also act as a liaison for other athletic departments while organizing Mean Green camps.

"John has always been a quality guy and the fact that he is a North Texas alum makes him an even better fit for us," Mitchell said. "He loves this game and is hungry to make a difference."

Mitchell continued, "We are on the ground floor of building a program that will rival the best North Texas has ever seen. I truly believe that when it comes to the passion, dedication and time you invest into your job, the amount of love you have for it is key. John bleeds green just like I do, and we are already reaping the benefits of his connections, work ethic and genuine excitement about being back home. His presence will have a huge impact on this team, our fans and fellow alums."

Prior to North Texas, Franklin most recently served as director of player development with the women's basketball team at SMU. In his role with the Mustangs, he was a mentor of sorts while coaching and providing academic encouragement to members of the team.

Franklin's time at SMU was preceded by an assistant coaching role at Trinity University. In the 2012-13 basketball season, his lone year with the team, the Tigers put together a 23-5 overall record and won its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship since 2005. The Tigers would advance to the D-III NCAA Tournament, where the team fell to Lewis & Clark in the first round.

Before joining the Trinity staff, Coach Franklin was the head women's basketball coach at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. He previously served as the boys assistant coach at the Episcopal School of Dallas for six years.

Franklin founded the highly respected All-Around Game Elite Women's Select Team in Dallas. AAG Elite is a showcase team made up of some of the top U-17 players in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Known for his teaching of basketball skills, Coach Franklin mentored former Missouri point guard and current Portland Trail Blazer Phil Pressey during his high school career at the Episcopal School of Dallas. He also has extensive experience coaching AAG boys teams, at one point working alongside Fran Fraschilla, an ESPN college basketball analyst, who coached Manhattan College, St. John's University, and the University of New Mexico.

"I'm excited to join this staff because there's a family-type atmosphere here," Franklin said. "North Texas is a special place because of people like Coach Mitchell and her team."

Coach Franklin began his playing career at Garland Lake Centennial High School. He then was a point guard at San Jose (Calif.) Community College before transferring to North Texas, where he suited up for the Mean Green for one season.

Franklin earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from North Texas in 2004 before graduating in 2015 with a master's degree in business administration from the University of the Incarnate Word.



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