Franz appointed as Director of Athletics

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Franz appointed as Director of Athletics

June 20, 2016

Brad Franz, Director of AthleticsBrad Franz, head men’s basketball coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a long-time higher education administrator, has been named as the new director of athletics at the school.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern, made the appointment today.

“Brad Franz has all of the attributes you would want in an athletic director,” Cunningham said. “He understands and embraces the appropriate role that athletics has at Northwestern. He appreciates our traditions, has the respect of our coaches and senior administration, and can continue our progress as a Division II institution.

"I have every confidence in his ability to get the job done.”

Franz will replace Andrew Carter, who announced his resignation last week to accept a similar position at Minot State University in North Dakota.

“I appreciate the confidence of Dr. Cunningham and look forward to serving my alma mater in this new role,” Franz said. “I can’t think of another school where alumni and community support is so strong. We are going to do the best job possible to provide our student-athletes with the best experience possible and give our fans every reason to be proud of the Rangers.

“It is hard leaving the men’s basketball program. We have a special group of young men who will hit the court next year. My first job is to find the right coach who will lead them and continue their upward climb in the Great American Conference.”

Franz earned his degree from Northwestern in 1988 and later served as a graduate assistant coach.

He was head coach at Otero Junior College in Colorado from 1991-96, compiling an 88-56 record and leading the school to its first-ever conference title. He later moved into administration, serving as the chief student affairs officer and athletic director at Otero, before returning to Northwestern in 2006 as a dean and later as vice president.

His love of athletics drew him back into coaching at Northwestern last year.

“I am anxious to begin working with a very good team of administrators and coaches in the athletics department,” Franz said. “Everyone will be committed to Northwestern and our student-athletes.”