Men's Head Basketball Coach

Men's Head Basketball Coach Todd Franklin

Todd Franklin enters hits 22nd  season overall as a head coach at the collegiate level. Franklin spent 13 seasons at the helm at Southeastern Illinois, and enters his ninth season as the men's basketball coach at Vincennes University. He has overseen 10 trips in the last 14 seasons to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament, and last season, helped coach the 6th consecutive trip by the Trailblazers to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. VU's 6 straight trip to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament makes them the first team to do so in the modern era, and the only team other than Moberly Area in the 1950's to make such a run. 

Coach Franklin has a current career record of 568-136 between his teams at South Eastern Illinois and Vincennes, and has a career record of 238-39 for the Trailblazers. The Blazers’ amassed a 34-3 record during the 2017-18 season, won the regular and postseason District 16 titles, and finished in the final four of the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. Coach
Franklin was inducted to the Njcaa men’s basketball hall of fame at the conclusion of the 2018 season. 

Among the VU Trailblazer standouts during Coach Franklin’s tenure, he has coached over 120 athletes in 21 years that have moved on to receive full-ride scholarship offers at the next level. Coach Franklin has coached VU to 6 consecutive trips to the NJCAA National Tournament, and the schools 34 trips overall in school history best the next closest school by 14 trips. Coach Franklin has been a special guest speaker at Nike Basketball Camps, and has proven to consistently be one of the most winning coaches in the NJCAA.

Throughout his career as a NJCAA head coach, Todd Franklin-led teams have finished in the top eight, nine times in the past 15 national tournaments. Coach Franklin was named by Basketball Times as one of the top 5 junior college head coaches in the country  prior to the 2018-19 seasons because of these accomplishments. 

Prior to his arrival at VU, Coach Franklin recorded 329 wins over 13 seasons at Southeastern Illinois College and led the Falcons to 12 20-win campaigns. Two of those seasons reached the 30-victory mark. SIC earned spots in the NJCAA National Tournament in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2010. SIC reached the NJCAA Final Four in 2003-04.

Before becoming coach at SIC, Coach Franklin spent six years at NCAA Div. II Missouri-Rolla and was on staff for one season at Div. I Austin Peay.

Coach Franklin, who played at Union College and Brescia College, holds a master's degree in health and physical education from Austin Peay. He has a bachelor's degree in history, with a minor in athletic coaching, from Western Kentucky.

Coach Franklin and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters, Madison and Mary.


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