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Michaela Franklin is in her fourth season at Marquette where she serves as defensive coordinator, working primarily with the team's passers and outsides. She also is an active recruiter, equipment coordinator and runs Marquette's annual fundraiser, Triplesfest, a 3-on-3 grass volleyball tournament.Franklin helped the Golden Eagles to their most impressive season in the 37-year history of the program in 2011. Marquette notched a program-best 24-11 mark and its first NCAA Championship appearance, including a first round victory over No. 24 Western Kentucky.
Under Franklin's guidance, libero Julie Jeziorowski has surpassed the 1,000-digs plateau in her first two campaigns and appears primed to shatter every school digs record. Outside hitter and 2010 AVCA All-American Ashley Beyer went on to play professionally in Sweden during the spring of 2012 after three seasons under Franklin's tutelage.
Perhaps the most impressive improvement during Franklin's tenure with MU has been the Golden Eagles' improvement in the classroom, notching an AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 season, the first such honor in program history.
She was the first assistant added by head coach Bond Shymansky to his coaching staff at Marquette.
Franklin came to Marquette after spending the previous three years as an assistant at Northern Illinois University, where she helped the Huskies to a 2006 Mid-American Conference West Division championship. While at NIU she helped the team become one of the top academic squads at the school, posting a GPA above 3.0 for seven straight semesters.
"Michaela had a tremendous collegiate playing career and made the rare transition into being a tremendous coach," Shymansky said at the time of her hiring. "She has great training experience and energy in the practice gym, the work ethic to get the little things done to help us get better every day, and the outgoing personality to be an aggressive recruiter on the road. She is simply dazzling, and we are thrilled to have her as a coach on our staff."
Prior to her time at NIU, Franklin played volleyball at Kansas State University from 2002-04, leading the Wildcats to three NCAA Tournament berths and one BIG 12 Conference Championship. At K-State, Franklin was the recipient of the Snell Award for academic success and also earned academic all-conference honors.
Franklin, a native of Lincoln, Neb., returned home upon graduation as an assistant coach with the Nebraska One Volleyball Club 171's before taking the NIU job. Franklin attended Lincoln High School where she earned all-state accolades as a four-year starter.