Franklin Named Kansas Women's Basketball Assistant Coach

May 12, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former professional basketball player and Texas A&M standout A’Quonesia Franklin has been named an assistant coach of the Kansas women’s basketball program, it was announced by head coach Bonnie Henrickson Thursday. Franklin, who goes by Aqua, comes to KU after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin.

Franklin replaces Katie O’Connor, who has accepted a position as assistant coach at the University of Virginia.

“We are excited to welcome Aqua to the Kansas women’s basketball family,” said Henrickson. “She is an energetic coach and a successful recruiter. She is an accomplished basketball player at every level of the game, which will be great for our player development.”

Following a decorated collegiate career, Franklin was the 38th overall selection in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Sacramento Monarchs. She spent the 2009 season with the Seattle Storm.

One of the best guards in A&M history, Franklin earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors as a junior and senior, and was named All-Big 12 Conference in each of her final three seasons. A member of the 2008 Big 12 All-Tournament team, Franklin guided the Aggies to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight.

Franklin returned to her alma mater after her professional career to serve as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M for the 2009-10 season. During her lone season on the sideline, Franklin assisted head coach Gary Blair guide the Aggies to a Big 12 title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

After her stop at TAMU, Franklin helped develop SFA guard Tammara Marion into an All-Southland Conference Second-Team selection. Marion became the 25th player in Ladyjack history to reach the 1,000 point plateau and set the program record for three-pointers made in a season.

Franklin also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Houston Elite AAU team. During that time she assisted with in-game coaching, team practices and scouting of future opponents.

Franklin received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in May 2009.