Simpson University Names Redding’s Todd Franklin as Head Basketball Coach

For Immediate Release


Simpson University alumnus Todd FranklinREDDING, Calif. - Simpson University Director of Athletics Tom Galbraith announced that Todd Franklin has been hired as the university’s head men’s basketball coach and assistant director of athletics. He officially begins his duties May 1.

Franklin, a Simpson University alumnus, returns to his alma mater to lead the Red Hawks after 21 successful seasons as head coach at Liberty Christian High School in Redding.

During his tenure, the Patriots earned nine NSCIF Northern Section championships and 15 conference titles. Franklin compiled a 481-136 record – a win percentage of .780 -- with an average of 23 wins per season.

“I am thrilled to see where Coach Franklin will take Simpson basketball with his wealth of experience, acumen, and energy,” Galbraith said. “We had over 175 applicants for this position, and his candidacy stood out among a very deep and talented pool. Todd is our choice not because he is an alumnus or a known commodity as a local coach, but because throughout the evaluation process, he proved to the committee and all involved in the hiring that he was the best candidate.”

The Redding native played basketball for two years at Simpson from 1991-93 and completed his bachelor’s degree in business management in 2004. He earned a master’s degree in performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to be coaching at Simpson University,” Franklin said. “My staff and I are dedicated to working with the current players and bringing in high-character, Christian student-athletes who are looking to perform at a high level, not only on the court, but also in the classroom and the community.”

In addition to coaching at Liberty Christian, Franklin has also led many talented collegiate players through the EA Sports All-Star Team (2000-2004) and elite-level Adidas individual camps, including the All-American Camp in New York City in 2015 and the Uprising Camp in Chicago in 2014.

The Todd Franklin Basketball Camp has grown from one camper in its inaugural summer of 1996 to more than 300 participants, with camps in three states and Honduras.

Franklin and his wife of 13 years, Lynette, have three children: daughter Makena (10), and sons Trey Kale (9) and Kai (6).

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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