Alderson Broaddus tabs Franklin as new Women’s Basketball Head Coach

 Ta-Rel Franklin has been named the next Head Women’s Basketball Coach for Alderson Broaddus University, as announced by Director of Athletics Carrie Bodkins on Monday. Franklin becomes the seventh Head Coach in program history, succeeding Coach Summer Quesenberry. 

“It’s my pleasure to announce Ta-Rel Franklin as our next Head Women’s Basketball Coach,” Bodkins said. “As our former Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and an alumni of the institution, Ta-Rel brings an energy and passion for AB athletics that is contagious.  With his overall experience at AB and his basketball knowledge, I am confident Ta-Rel will continue to lead the women’s basketball program down a path of improvement and overall success.”

Ta-Rel Franklin graduated from Alderson Broaddus University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bluffton University. Following coaching stints at Bluffton University and Hendrix College, the Cleveland, Ohio native returned to his Alma Mater in 2019, where he has served as an Assistant Coach under Coach Stephen Dye for the past three seasons, leading a team that reached the MEC Tournament Semifinals in 2022. 

“Today is a great day for the Lady Battlers!” Coach Dye said. “Coach Franklin’s work ethic, loyalty to his alma mater, and his passion for helping others is why I know he is the perfect leader to guide the Lady Battler program in the future.  I am so proud of Coach Franklin and I look forward to watching his team compete in the MEC!” 

In addition to coaching duties, Franklin was named the Chief Diversity Officer for Alderson Broaddus University in 2020 and he also serves as an Adjunct Professor. 

“I would like to thank Carrie Bodkins, Coach Dye, AB Administration, family, and my close friends for supporting me to get to this point in my life,” Franklin said. “I’m excited to lead the Women’s Basketball program and it truly means a lot to me to be doing it at my Alma Mater. I will bring a great deal of energy and I’m expecting the girls to do the same thing! We will play a fun brand of basketball and I’m expecting for us to get to work right away.” 

Photo Courtesy Alderson Broaddus Athletics

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