Head Coach: Stacey Franklin
Stacey Franklin is beginning her 2nd year at the helm of the Chattanooga State Women’s Basketball program. Coach Franklin brings with her 19 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience. During that time she was part of making championship runs as well as part of recruiting and developing many All-Conference and All-American players.
Franklin played and graduated from the University of Alabama where she was team captain during the 1991-1992 season, as well as a starter on the team that began a 10 year run of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Additionally, she was an Academic All-SEC member during the 1990-1992 seasons.
Franklin’s coaching career began at Mississippi State University in 1996. In the 12 years she was there, she was part of 9 post-season tournament appearances, with only 1 appearance coming in the previous 21 year history of the program. She also coached in the 2000 SEC Tournament Championship Game vs Tennessee, held at UT-Chattanooga. She helped to recruit and develop 2 Kodak All-Americans, 8 - 1st Team All-SEC players, 7 - 2nd Team All-SEC players, 5 SEC All-Freshman Team players, 58 - Academic All-SEC players, 3 Professional Draft Picks, and 7 Professional players. After her stint in Starkville, Franklin’s next 7 years included an Ohio Valley Conference Championship at Tennessee Tech University in 2011 and the most wins in the Division I history of the women’s basketball program at Kennesaw State University in 2014-1015. During Franklin’s tenure she has also monitored and coordinated academics for numerous seasons with teams attaining a 3.0 or better team GPA.
Franklin is originally from Smyrna, GA where her parents, Chuck and Regina, and siblings, Jason and Christy reside with their families. Outside of coaching and mentoring her players, she loves to run, go to movies and spend time with friends and family, especially with her nieces and nephews, Cole, Alex, Carlie, Cade and Jace.
Assistant Coach: Michael Williams
Michael Williams is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Chattanooga State. He previously served as a student volunteer coach for both the women’s and men’s teams under Jay Price from 2012-2015. In his new role with the Lady Tigers coached by Stacy Franklin, Williams works setting-up practices, gathering film, and helping new players in their transition to the college-level game and college academics.
Coach Williams spent 34 years living and coaching in Northern Italy, where he coached both boys and girls U16 teams and DODS High School basketball. His accomplishments include two DODS European Championships, one Italian Regional Championship and an appointment to coach the Italian U16 District Girls team. Coach Williams was also hired to coach the semi-pro “D” league team in Aviano, Italy from 2011-2012.
Coach Williams received his Bachelors of Science Degree in 2014 from Bryan College.
A Chattanooga-native, Williams attended Riverside High School. He served nine years in the United States Air Force, where he played company level basketball and later coached both the men’s and women’s teams at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
Coach Williams resides in Hixson, Tenn.