Franklin Named USTFCCCA Mountain Region Women's Coach of the Year

March 4, 2013


NEW ORLEANS — University of New Mexico head track and field coach Joe Franklin was named Mountain Region Women's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. This is the first regional track and field selection for Franklin in his career.

Franklin, in his sixth year with the Lobos, coached the New Mexico women to their second-straight runner-up finish and eight total All-Mountain West selections at the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships in February.

“It’s a great honor,” Franklin said. “Even though it’s an individual award, it’s a reflection of our staff, our support staff, our administration and university. It’s an all-encompassing award.”

Under Franklin, New Mexico has seen its women’s track and field program improve annually, both at the conference and national level.

Since 2009, the Lobos have finished third or better three times at the MW Indoor Championships, and have scored two of the last three years at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

During that span, New Mexico has won nine individual MW titles indoors and has earned 32 Indoor All-MW selections.

Additionally, Franklin is sending at least one woman to the indoor national championship for the sixth-consecutive year, a streak unmatched indoors. In the last six seasons, six Lobo women have competed at the NCAA Championships nine times, earning All-American status seven times.

Franklin also helmed the women to a 16th-place finish in the USTFCCCA’s Terry Crawford Program of the Year award final standings for the 2011-2012 academic year.

It was the Lobo women’s first finish for the award, which recognizes the most outstanding cross country and track & field programs in Division I based on the institution's combined finishes at the NCAA Division I Championships in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field.

During the 2011-12 academic year, the women placed ninth at cross-country nationals, while adding a 62nd-place finish at the indoor track & field championships and a 55th-place finish at the outdoor track & field championships.

The Lobos have also set nine school records during Franklin’s tenure, accounting for more than half of the records in the 17 standard NCAA events.

Franklin, a product of Greencastle, Ind.,  is no stranger to accolades, having been selected as the MW cross-country coach of the year nine times while at New Mexico. He has also been named NCAA regional cross-country coach three times at UNM.  

This is his second track & field coach honor in his career. He was chosen as the 2013 MW Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year after leading the Lobo men to their first indoor conference victory since 1967.

Franklin will look to continue his success this weekend, as he sends four athletes to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday and Saturday.