Dennis Franchione has enjoyed nearly three decades as Head Coach of numerous college-level football teams. Since 2011, Dennis Franchione has coached for Texas State University-San Marcos, where he also led players from 1990 to 1991, when the school was called Southwest Texas State University. At the beginning of his career, Dennis Franchione worked with high-school football teams in Kansas and Missouri.
In 1978, Mr. Franchione began guiding his first collegiate squad, as an Assistant Coach for Kansas State University. Three years later, he became the Head Coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Over the course of two years, Mr. Franchione pushed the school’s football team to a 14-4-2 record, a win at the Sunflower Bowl, and a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference title. He then spent two seasons with Tennessee Tech University as an Offensive Coordinator. Next, he returned to his alma mater, Pittsburg State University in Kansas, to function as Head Coach, leading the team to an impressive 53-6 record with 37-1 in conference. During this period, Dennis Franchione was named National Coach of the Year twice.
In 1990, he moved out of state to lead the team at Texas State University-San Marcos, then Southwest Texas State University. In 1992, Dennis Franchione began coaching his first Division 1-A team, at The University of New Mexico. During his tenure, the team earned a WAC Mountain Division Championship. In 1998, he was tapped to try to turn Texas Christian University’s football team away from its losing record. The year before Mr. Franchione joined the organization, the team had chalked up a disappointing 1-10 record.
During his first year guiding the team, the results improved to 7-5. In 2001, he moved to The University of Alabama, once again building a losing team from a 3-8 record to 7-5. In 2002, the team achieved a 10-3 season. Dennis Franchione then joined Texas A&M University, where he spent five years.
Before returning to Texas State University–San Marcos, Dennis Franchione spent some time as a color commentator for ESPN Radio. As of 2011, his coaching record stands at 187-101-2.