May 9, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama head women's basketball coach Wendell Hudson announced today the hiring of Stacey Franklin to the Crimson Tide coaching staff. Franklin, a former Alabama standout, previously served as an assistant coach at Mississippi State.
"We are extremely excited to have Stacey join the staff," Hudson said. "She has been in the SEC for 12 years now and will bring invaluable experience to our bench. I am proud to have two former Alabama players with such coaching credentials back on campus."
One of the longest tenured Division I assistant coaches in the country, Stacey Franklin completed her 12th season in Starkville this past season. Since arriving in 1996 to MSU, Franklin has helped lead Mississippi State to eight postseason appearances, including four NCAA Tournament berths. During that time, the Lady Bulldogs have posted seven winning seasons.
Franklin's primary areas of responsibility included player development, practice and game preparation and scouting. As a part of player development, Franklin coordinated student-athlete seminars on life skills in many areas, including financial planning, nutrition, professional etiquette, team building and media training.
A four-year letterwinner at the University of Alabama from 1989-1993, Franklin co-captained the Crimson Tide to a 23-7 record and second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament as a senior. She was named to the all-SEC Freshman Second Team in 1989 and garnered three all-SEC Academic Honor Roll nominations.
While at UA, Franklin was involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, appeared on the Dean's List on five occasions and was a nominee for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Scholar Athlete Award.
Prior to arriving in Starkville, Franklin served as junior varsity softball coach and an assistant for the varsity softball and basketball teams at Tuscaloosa Academy.
A native of Smyrna, Ga., Franklin attended Campbell High School, where she was a two-time Cobb County Player of the Year. She still ranks as the top scorer and rebounder in CHS history. Franklin is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
The Alabama coaching staff now features three former Tide players in Hudson, Franklin and Joni Crenshaw. Hudson was an All-American for the Crimson Tide while Crenshaw, who was hired as the Associate Head Coach, was a team captain under Rick Moody.