(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans Director of Athletics and Wellness Dr. Michael Giorlando announced the hiring of Angela Franke as head coach of the women's volleyball team. Franke joins the Wolf Pack after spending two seasons at Mississippi Valley State University as the head women's volleyball coach. She is the fifth women's volleyball coach in Loyola history.
"Coach Franke has a wealth of experience leading programs at all levels including her latest stint as a NCAA Division I head coach. She impressed our search committee with her vision of the volleyball program, organization, and her emphasis on coaching student-athletes to develop the whole person. We look forward to her joining our team," said Dr. Giorlando.
As head coach at Mississippi Valley State, Franke planned, promoted and guided a Division I women's volleyball program. Highlights of Franke's tenure in Itta Bena included a third place SWAC Eastern Division finish and a first round SWAC tournament upset of top seeded Prairie View A&M in 2012. This past season MVSU defeated defending SWAC champions Jackson State in five thrilling sets in the conference tournament.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Loyola family. The Wolf Pack volleyball program has a history of being successful and I look forward to building on the tradition of the past. I'm excited to work with the talented student-athletes that are currently part of the program as well as recruiting student-athletes to such a fine institution in the future," said Franke.
In February 2011, Franke was hired as the head women's volleyball coach at St. Andrews University. Franke spent one season with the Knights, but made a lasting impact on the volleyball team, restarting a program that did not compete the previous year.
Franke accepted her first head coaching position as head women's volleyball coach at McCook Community College in 2009. For one season as head coach, Franke successfully fulfilled her coaching responsibilities in addition to serving as a housing director. Prior to her time at McCook, Franke was the volleyball graduate assistant at Alcorn State from 2007-2008.
As a student-athlete, Franke played volleyball on scholarship for two seasons at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., and completed her career at Jackson State University. Franke received a Master of Science in Guidance Education from Alcorn State University in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Alcorn in 2007.