Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach
Tony Franklin was named Wallace State’s men’s and women’s tennis coach in May 2016 after spending 26 seasons as tennis coach at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, where he coached both the boys’ and girls’ programs throughout his career.
Franklin, 55, has been around the game his entire life. He played tennis at Sulligent High School and played collegiately at the former Brewer State College (now Bevill State) in Fayette and Huntingdon College in Montgomery. He earned his master’s degree at Auburn University – Montgomery.
While Franklin was coaching tennis at Benjamin Russell, he served as a sixth grade teacher at Radney Elementary School in Alex City.
Beginning with the Fall 2016 season, Wallace State is reintroducing its tennis programs. Before the tennis programs were discontinued in 2004, they accounted for four of the seven NJCAA national titles earned by Wallace State athletics and won multiple conference championships. The men’s program won NJCAA Division II titles in 1995 and 1996 and the women in 1995 and 1999.