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Jamie Franks

Hometown:
Medford, N.J.

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Wake Forest

Record:
46-8-8 (3 seasons)

Graduated:
2008


10/07/2017

Kronenberg Puts Denver Past Eastern Illinois, 1-0

Pioneers open Summit League play with home cleansheet

09/26/2017

[-/RV] Denver Tops Saint Louis Behind Barlow Brace

Barlow nets two in the first half, and Underwood curls late free kick to send Denver to 3-1 road win

12/05/2016

Pioneers’ College Cup Watch Party Details Announced

Denver faces second-seed [2/2] Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 9, in Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium

Jamie Franks completed his third season as Denver's head men's soccer coach and his sixth with the program overall in 2017 after being named the program's 10th head coach in January of 2015. 

In two seasons, the head coach of the 2016 National Coaching Staff of the Year has put together a record of 46-8-8, improving Denver's record since Franks joined the staff as an assistant in 2012 to 81-25-16. Combined as a player and coach, Franks is 180-52-33 in college soccer, having reached five of the last 11 College Cups and winning a national championship at Wake Forest as a player in that span. 

The three-time Summit League Coach of the Year and the head coach of the 2016 NSCAA West Regional Staff of the Year was the youngest head coach in Division I in 2015 and the second youngest in 2016, earning the promotion from his assistant coaching roll following the departure of Bobby Muuss to Wake Forest. 

In just his second season in charge, Franks led the Pioneers to their first College Cup appearance in program history after picking up multiple wins (three) in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, and earning their first postseason victory since 1970.
 

Franks ended his second season at 35-2-6, having not lost in the regular season and having not suffered a defeat in regulation in his coaching tenure to date. Under the Wake Forest alum, the Pioneers became the first program since Clemson in 1977-78 to finish consecutive regular seasons unbeaten.

2017: Denver picked up right where it left off in 2016 in the opening weekend, knocking off two ranked teams at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium in Florida Gulf Coast and Akron. Following the opening weekend, the Pioneers dropped four of the next six. Denver split the next four matches, including a 3-1 win at Saint Louis before going unbeaten in the Pioneers' final seven matches of the campaign. Denver finished a perfect 5-0-0 in the Summit League, and earned the program's third result at New Mexico on Oct. 25. 

Denver defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0 in the Summit League Semifinals, before drawing Omaha 1-1 in the Summit League Final. Denver lost the final in an 11-round penalty kick shootout, being outscored by the home side 9-8 from the spot. 

2016: The last unbeaten team in the country for the second-straight year tied a program record with 20 wins (20-1-3) in 2016, matching the 1988 (NAIA) Pioneers that ended the campaign 20-2-2. Prior to its extra time defeat to No. 2 Wake Forest in the College Cup Semifinals, Denver (35-2-6) and Wake Forest (36-5-6) were tied for the most wins in the country over the last two years since the programs made coaching changes ahead of the 2015 season. 

Franks managed two-time All-American right back and two-time MAC Hermann Semifinalist Reagan Dunk, Denver’s first Division I All-America selection in program history. Franks, Dunk, two-time captain Sam Hamilton and the rest of the 2016 Denver senior class combined for a 59-13-11 mark over the last four years, the third best record in the country during that span. 

Denver earned its fourth-straight Summit League Regular Season and Tournament titles in 2016, entering the 2016 NCAA Tournament with a record of 17-0-3. The Pioneers’ earned a No. 6 seed in the tournament and reached rankings as high as third in the final NSCAA Poll and third in the College Soccer News Poll, all three program bests. 

The Pioneers played 12 teams in 2016 that were either ranked or receiving votes in one of the two polls, including five at CIBER Field. In the NCAA Tournament, Denver earned home wins over UNLV (3-0) and No. 11 Washington (2-1) before a Kortne Ford 89th minute header sent Denver to the College Cup after a 1-0 win at No. 3 Clemson. 

The 2016 season saw the Pioneers set new DI school marks for the second-consecutive season in shutouts (14) and consecutive unbeaten matches (23). 

2015: In Franks first season in charge, the program reached new heights. The Pioneers were the only undefeated team in the country heading into the NCAA Tournament with a 15-0-3 mark, earned an NCAA First Round bye for the first time in program history, booked the program's first trip into the second round and hosted its first-ever NCAA Tournament home game in 2015. 

Prior to the final poll released on December 15, Denver spent seven-straight weeks in the top-10 of the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America poll, including two weeks spent at No. 7, the highest ranking in the program's history. 

With a focus on the team's defensive shape in his first year in charge, Franks' squad allowed just eight goals in 2015, producing the second-best goals against average in the country (0.400), and had the second-best clean sheet rate in the country at 0.63. Denver's defense allowed just 2.5 shots on goal in 2015. The only upperclassman in Denver's starting back four, Reagan Dunk became Denver's first NSCAA All-American (second team) and its first MAC Hermann Semifinalist. Dunk finished 30th in the country in assists with eight from his right back position.  

In addition to what Denver has accomplished on the field under Franks, the Pioneers earned the top grade point average in the country in 2015, and continued their dominance of the Gold Vest Award at the University of Denver in 2015-16.
 

The 2015 season saw the Pioneers set new DI school marks in shutouts (12), consecutive shutouts (7), consecutive scoreless minutes (797) and consecutive unbeaten matches (18). 

Prior to 2015: In his three years as an assistant at DU, Franks primarily worked with the midfielders and forwards who amassed 110 goals in three seasons, ranking in the top 15 in the country in 2012 & 2013. His roles and responsibilities at the University of Denver included recruiting coordinator, budget manager, post game analysis of film, scouting, and assists in fundraising efforts. In addition, he worked closely with the implementation of all soccer related matters. 

Franks joined the Pioneers after two years on staff with the Wake Forest men's soccer team. Being a part of the Wake Forest soccer program both as a player and a coach from 2005-2009 and 2011-2012, Franks was a part of one of the most decorated classes in college soccer history.

Playing Career: Franks most recently played with the Rochester Rhinos in the USSF Division 2 Professional League before joining his alma mater to begin his coaching career.

Franks ranks fifth all time for games played (95) for the Demon Deacons from 2005-08, the first two of which Muuss served as assistant coach. Franks scored seven goals and 20 assists, helping lead Wake Forest to two ACC championships, three College Cups, including the 2007 national championship. After leaving Wake, Franks was selected by Chivas USA in the fourth round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Prior to college, Franks played on the US U-18 National Team.

After his first season of professional soccer in 2009, Franks joined the Wake Forest staff as the Director of Soccer Operations where he worked with media and film applications. During the 2009 season at Wake Forest, the Demon Deacons advanced to their fourth-consecutive College Cup. After a brief hiatus on staff at Wake Forest, he rejoined the in 2011 as the Volunteer Coach. His responsibilities focused on travel budget, alumni relations, social media, academic liaison, and alumni outreach.

Franks graduated from Wake Forest in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in communication and successfully completed the Business Management Program at the Calloway School of Business. He also completed his Masters in Organizational Leadership here at the University of Denver in 2015.

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