Since 2006, third-year assistant coach Michaela Franklin has translated her impressive academic and athletic credentials and her love for teaching into the Northern Illinois Huskies.
Franklin has helped coach NIU to a 2006 MAC West Division championship along with setting a high academic standard. Franklin has helped the volleyball team become one of the top two academic teams at NIU during a span where Huskie student-athletes have posted a cumulative GPA of 3.051, marking the sixth straight semester that NIU has surpassed the 3.0 mark.
As a student-athlete for Kansas State University (2002-04), Franklin helped the Wildcats to three NCAA Tournament berths, including a conference championship. She helped K-State to three consecutive American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Awards during her tenure.
Although NIU is Franklin's first collegiate coaching job, the Lincoln, Neb., native honed her skills as an assistant coach for the Nebraska One Volleyball Club 171's from 2005-06. She has also spent time coaching in various camps, including the nationally-ranked University of Florida Volleyball Camp (2005), Kansas State Volleyball Camp (2003-05) and Pius X High School Volleyball Camp (2002-05) in Lincoln.
Franklin, a three-year letterwinner for Kansas State, totaled 238 kills in a Wildcat uniform from 2002-04. During that span, Franklin helped K-State advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) and a Big 12 Conference title in 2003, along with advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and 2004. As a freshman, Franklin played for Northern Michigan University where she garnered 421 kills, including 24 double-digit kill performances in 2001.
The 25-year-old Franklin was equally as proficient in the classroom, as she received Kansas State's Snell Award for academic success as a senior. She took home Academic All-Big 12 second Team honors as a junior, while being named to the K-State spring semester honor roll as a sophomore.
As a prep, Franklin was a highly-decorated athlete, claiming 12 letters in volleyball, basketball and track at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Neb. She was a four-year starter for the Links volleyball squad, helping Lincoln to a pair of district titles. During that span, Franklin was named to the Lincoln Journal-Star Super State first team as a senior and was a third team selection as a sophomore and junior. She was a three-time All-City first team selection, while earning Class A All-State honors as a senior.