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Michaela Franklin

Position: Head Coach • 4th season

Michaela Franklin enters her third season as Clemson Volleyball Head Coach in the fall of 2019. Franklin was named Clemson’s 10th Head Coach on March 24, 2017 by Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. Franklin had been the Associate Head Coach at Iowa since the spring of 2014 after stops at Green Bay (2013), Marquette (2009-12) and Northern Illinois (2006-08) following her playing career at Kansas State (2002-04).

“The minute I stepped on campus and met with the committee immediately I felt a connection with the people. As the day went on I fell more in love with Clemson because of its elite level atmosphere with a family feel,” Franklin said. “I would like to thank Dan Radakovich and the entire search committee for their due diligence and dedication to the search. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and getting to campus to work with my team.”

“Michaela wowed our search committee with her enthusiasm and organization and she stood out among an extremely impressive pool of candidates,” said Athletic Director Dan Radakovich. “I’m confident the future of Clemson volleyball is in great hands given her passion for recruiting and developing student-athletes, as well as her experience competing and coaching at the highest levels of collegiate volleyball.”

In just two seasons, Franklin has overhauled the program’s direction and installed what she calls a ‘Championship Behavior’ culture. In addition to serving as the figurehead of the program, Franklin is the team’s defensive coordinator.

Last season, Franklin led Clemson to its most wins in a single season since 2012 with an overall record over 19-15. The Tigers qualified for the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) postseason tournament, where Clemson secured wins over Radford and Alabama A&M to give the Tigers back-to-back postseason wins for the first time in program history. Franklin mentored then redshirt-sophomore Brooke Bailey, a transfer from Ohio State, who earned Second Team All-ACC honors after she finished the regular season ranked fifth in kills (3.71/set) against ACC opponents. Additionally, Clemson setter Gabby Easton and right side hitter Solei Thomas were named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Easton was the top freshman setter in the conference after leading all freshmen in the ACC in assists during the regular season with 1,278 (10.74/set), which also put her at No. 3 overall in the ACC. Her 10.74 assists-per-set average was also good for fifth in the nation among all freshmen and ranked third among Power-5 freshmen. Easton’s 1,278 assists were also the second most by a freshman in program history, a milestone that she reached with two matches remaining in Clemson’s regular season. Thomas ranked second on the team in kills after averaging 2.89 kills per set in 2018. Thomas totaled 17 double-digit kill matches, including a career-best 20 kills against Appalachian State (Sept. 1, 2018). Both Easton and Thomas were named ACC Freshman of the Week on two occasions each. The 2018 ACC postseason awards announcement marked the first time since 2011 Clemson collected three ACC postseason selections. Bailey, Easton and Thomas joined teammate and outside hitter Kaylin Korte, who was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC selection in 2017, as ACC postseason award recipients under the direction of Franklin. Korte was sidelined for the entirety of the 2018 season with a lower body injury.

In her first season as head coach at Clemson, Franklin aided the Tigers to three straight wins over Bethune-Cookman, Jacksonville and Lamar to win Clemson’s annual Big Orange Bash tournament. Franklin guided then-sophomore Korte to Second Team All-ACC honors after she led the team in kills (3.36/set) and attempts (9.67/set), and ranked second on the team in digs (2.23/set).

Additionally, Franklin helped Korte and Bailey secure spots on USA Volleyball’s Collegiate National Team-Detroit in the spring of 2018. Both Korte and Bailey competed in tryouts in early March of 2018 and were officially named to the roster on April 10, 2018. The duo trained and competed in Michigan from June 20 through July 1 alongside players from all five Power-5 and top mid-major programs in the country.

In 2016, Iowa finished 19-13 overall with victories over No. 17 Purdue and No. 24 Illinois. Franklin joined Iowa after spending the 2013 season as the head volleyball coach at Green Bay. The Phoenix accomplished a 9-5 mark in Horizon League action, and Franklin had four players receive Horizon League honors at the end of the season, including three all-conference selections and the conference Freshman of the Year. It was only the second time in Green Bay history three players earned all-league nods and the first time in school history the Phoenix had a freshman of the year and a total of four postseason honorees.

Prior to her time at Green Bay, Franklin spent four seasons coaching alongside current Iowa head coach Bond Shymansky as an assistant coach at Marquette. While at Marquette, she served as the team’s recruiting coordinator, trained the outside hitters and was the defense coordinator. The Golden Eagles appeared in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2011 and 2012, and finished second in the Big East Conference in 2012 with a 13-2 record.

Franklin began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois from 2006-08.

Franklin played collegiate volleyball at Kansas State from 2002-04, where she helped the Wildcats to a Big 12 Championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances including a berth in the Sweet 16. The Lincoln, Nebraska native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family studies and human services in 2005.


Michaela Franklin head coaching record

2018Clemson19-15.5598-10.4449thNIVC Quarterfinals
Clemson Totals37-58.38915-41.268
2013Green Bay14-14.5009-5.643T-3rd