Jamie Franks Hired as Assistant Coach at University of Denver
March 21, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest men's soccer announced the departure of volunteer assistant coach Jamie Franks, who was officially hired Monday, March 19 as assistant coach of the men's soccer program at the University of Denver.
"It was fantastic having Jamie back in the program," said head coach Jay Vidovich. "He was tremendous as a player and as a coach, and it was a pleasure to get him started on his coaching career. It's going to be a good one."
In his first and only season on staff, Franks helped lead the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in 11 seasons. The Deacs boasted road results against back-to-back top-10 opponents and closed out the regular season on a 6-2-3 roll. Wake also beat a top-25 ranked Virginia side for the second straight season and secured its sixth consecutive winning season in the perennially elite ACC.
Franks will join former Demon Deacon and now-Pioneer head coach Bobby Muuss, who spent six seasons as Wake Forest's top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Another assistant, Ryan Pflugrad, also spent time on staff with Wake Forest during the 2006 soccer season.
"I'm excited for his next step, it will be a great opportunity for him to expand his duties and role," said Vidovich. "He knows he wants to be a coach. He's passionate about the game and has a great vision for what he believes in as a coach. I'm thankful for Jamie, he did a lot of things behind the scenes to help us re-establish our program."
A former Wake Forest student-athlete, Franks graduated in 2009 with a degree in Communication and played for the Demon Deacons from 2005-08. He ranks fifth in Wake Forest history with 95 appearances in his four-year career and totaled seven goals, 20 assists and 34 points as a member of three College Cup teams, including the 2007 National Championship team. After leaving Wake, Franks was selected by Chivas USA in the fourth round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.
At Denver, Franks replaces yet another coach with strong ties to Wake Forest in Carson Porter, who left Denver after two seasons to coach with U.S. Soccer.