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Dennis Franchione

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Dennis Franchione

Since the mid-1970s, Dennis Franchione has been leading college football teams to victory. Dennis Franchione began his career coaching high school football after graduating from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. His first college football coaching venture occurred at Kansas State University, where he served as an Assistant Coach. In 1981, he became the Head Coach of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, leading the team to two outstanding seasons. Over his tenure, Dennis Franchione pushed the team to a 14-4-2 record. The players won a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference title along with the Sunflower Bowl. Dennis Franchione then spent two years with Tennessee Tech University as an Offensive Coordinator. In 1985, he returned to Pittsburg to become the Head Coach for his alma mater. Over a 5-year period, Mr. Franchione led the Gorillas to achieve an impressive 53-6 record, including 37-1 in conference. His success with the team earned him the designation of National Coach of the Year twice. Mr. Franchione then moved to Texas State University-San Marcos, where he spent two seasons. In 1992, he joined The University of New Mexico in his first Division 1-A coaching role. In 1998, he returned to the Lone Star State to save Texas Christian University from staggering losses. The year before his arrival, the team recorded a defeating 1-10 season. In his first year, Dennis Franchione helped the team attain a 7-5 record. The following year, the players improved to 10-1. He then provided similar gains to The University of Alabama, bringing the team from 3-8 to 7-5 and 10-3 the subsequent year. Dennis Franchione then spent five years with Texas A&M University before contributing as a color commentator for ESPN Radio. In 2011, he rejoined Texas State University-San Marcos as Head Coach, leading the team in a different division.

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