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Doane Names Head Football Coach

Doane College Athletic Director Greg Heier announced today that Matt Franzen has been selected head football coach for the Tigers.

A native of Gothenburg, Franzen graduated from Doane College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology .  He also holds a Masters Degree from Hastings College in Teaching/Physical Education.  He earned First Team NAIA All-America honors in 1993 as an offensive lineman. Franzen has been an assistant coach at Hastings College since 1996. In 2005, he was named assistant head coach for the Broncos.

"Matt Franzen will be an outstanding football coach for Doane College," Heier commented. "In investigating his candidacy, I was most impressed with the widespread trust and respect that Coach Franzen has with alumni, members of the local community, and with high school coaches throughout the region. Coach Franzen knows football and he is a man of exemplary character. He knows the GPAC conference and he is a proven recruiter. He is the right person at the right time for this job."

Franzen started coaching in 1996 as a graduate assistant at Hastings College. In 1997, he was named offensive line and tight ends coach, a position he held until 2000. In 2000, Franzen took over the junior varsity program and was named offensive coordinator in 2001 for the Broncos.

"I see a challenge ahead, but one that I am excited to start on," Franzen said. "I think that Doane College is in the middle of a very special time in its history, with academic and athletic facilities planned that will be second to none. It will be a privilege to recruit student-athletes to this campus and to give them an experience, through the re-emergence of Doane College football, that they will always remember and be very proud of. As an alum, I have a strong passion for this school and this football program and look forward to leading it to the top of the GPAC."

Franzen replaces Tommie Frazier, who resigned after the completion of the 2006 season. Frazier compiled a 3-17 record in two seasons.

The Tigers lose 11 seniors to graduation but return several players who received all-conference recognition during the 2006 campaign.