Nebraska Wesleyan Hires Basketball Coach

Mark Franzen has been hired as the new head men's basketball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University, according to Dr. Ira Zeff, NWU Director of Athletics.

During the past six seasons, Franzen has served as an assistant men's basketball coach under Head Coach Dick Peth at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. The Knights went 20-8 in 2003-04 and have enjoyed four consecutive 20-win seasons, a first in the program's 68-year history. Mark's background makes him a great fit for Nebraska Wesleyan, Zeff said. He has been successful teaching and coaching at institutions similar to Nebraska Wesleyan. He'll be a good teacher of fundamentals offensively and defensively and will enhance the educational experience our players will receive through basketball. Mark has the qualities we were looking for, and I have no doubt he will be successful here.

He starts at NWU immediately, but will be in a transitional phase over the next month or so as he fulfills his commitments in Iowa and works to move his family to Lincoln.

Franzen replaces Todd Raridon, who resigned in March. Raridon posted an overall record of 269-125 (.683) in 15 seasons at the helm and led NWU to the NCAA Division III Championship game in 1997.