Greg Franklin begins his sixth year as Women’s Basketball Coach at Chipola. He has compiled a 301-46 record as a head coach and is excited about this year’s team. “I like our team, our character, and the makeup of the team. We’re very young; we’ll start four freshman, so I’m confident that our best basketball is ahead of us. We’ll go through some ups and downs before we hit our stride.”
Point guard Nana Sule is the key returning player from the 2016-17 Chipola. “We’re looking for Nana to lead us on the floor and to be a leader in the locker room. We’re going to count on her experience to lead us into conference play,” said Franklin.
Coach Franklin’s 2016-17 Chipola team (28-5) made it to the Elite 8 of the NJCAA National Tournament after finishing as Runner-Up in the NJCAA Region VIII/FCSAA Championship. Daneille Garven, now at the University of Pittsburgh, was named to the All-American second team. Three players were named to the State All-Tournament team—Garven, Raven Baker-Northcross and Barbara Johnson. The team had five All-Panhandle Conference selections: Garven, Johnson, Sydnee McDonald and Baker-Northcross, along with second-team pick Tiaera Phillips.
Franklin’s 2015-16 squad finished 23-5 overall after falling in the semi-finals of the NJCAA Region VIII/FCSAA Championship.
Franklin led the Lady Indians to a National Championship in 2015, and was named NJCAA, FCSAA, and Panhandle Coach of the Year. The 2014-15 Lady Indians (34-1) captured the college’s first ever national women’s basketball title with a 54-46 win over previously unbeaten Hutchinson (36-1). Evelyn Akhator was named Tournament MVP, an NJCAA All-American, and finished with the new NJCAA Season Record of 584 Rebounds. She moved on to the University of Kentucky and was drafted third overall in the first round of the 2017 WNBA Draft. Franklin also coached WNBA player Amber Holt at Southeastern Illinois Community College. She was picked ninth overall in the first round by the Connecticut Sun and was recently inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.
Franklin’s 2014 team became the first Chipola squad to capture the Panhandle Conference title by going undefeated in conference play (12-0). The 2014 squad won the NJCAA Region VIII/FCSAA Championship and advanced to the NJCAA Final Four, finishing 3rd.
The 2013 team finished as runner-up in the Region VIII Championship and earned an at-large bid to the National Tournament where they finished in the Elite Eight.
Coach Franklin came to Chipola after five seasons as an assistant at Mississippi State University. He helped MSU claim wins in the NCAA Tournament multiple years, including the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance.
Franklin served in various positions at Southeastern Illinois College starting in 1997 as an assistant men’s coach. He was named the head women’s coach in 2002-03, and also served as AD. In five seasons at SIC, he posted a 154-25 record and led the 2006-07 squad to fourth place in the National Tournament.
A native of Kentucky, he earned a B.S. at Austin Peay where he played from 1989-1993. He was named All-Ohio Valley Conference three times and finished his college career with 1,000+ points.
Coach Franklin said, “I’ve coached at every level from junior high to NCAA Division 1 and Chipola is the best coaching job I’ve ever had. These are some of the best fans anywhere. Being a competitive guy, I like that the bar is set so high. I like that kind of atmosphere.”