MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois assistant football coach Carl Franks has been chosen as one of 20 coaches nationwide to participate in the upcoming NCAA Expert Forum in Orlando, Florida. The event will take place from June 16-18.
The forum is designed to help assistant coaches further their career goal of becoming a head coach. Franks, who earlier this year attended the NFL/NCAA Football Academy, noted his appreciation in being selected to represent Western at this elite event.
"I am very excited to have been selected to participate in the upcoming NCAA Expert Forum," said Franks. "I am looking forward for the opportunity to gain additional knowledge from this year's list of guest speakers."
Seminars covered at the NCAA event will include: head coaches panel, athletics director panel, media training, situational game planning, today's student-athlete, the first 90 days on the job, academic collaboration, the coaching search process, fundraising, alumni panel, and head coach's perspective.
Franks, who enters his third year coaching the Leatherneck defensive backs, was part of the Western program that advanced to the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs last fall (8-5 overall). During the opening round win at Coastal Carolina the defense picked off four passes - five turnovers in all - to secure the program's first postseason win in seven years.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater of Montana in 1997, and also worked as an assistant coach at Utah State and Northern Arizona prior to joining the Leathernecks. Franks also participated in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship in 2003 with the Tennessee Titans.