Brent Franklin enters his 14th season working with the Buffaloes in 2015-16, including his 12th as the assistant coach. He began as a volunteer assistant coach for Anne Kelly’s team in 2003 and was promoted to assistant in 2005, trading roles with LindaSue Chenoweth, who was named Executive Director of the Colorado Opens in 2004.
“Having a professional golfer of Brent’s caliber is a tremendous asset to this program,” Kelly explains. “He comes to us with a wealth of playing and teaching experience as a highly successful amateur competitor and international touring professional. His enthusiasm, combined with his golf knowledge, communication skills, sense of humor, and incredible teaching experience, as well as his willingness to share his expertise, will help take this team to the next level.”
Franklin was named to the 2010 class of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. He enjoyed a great deal of success as a junior golfer in Canada, winning both the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and the British Columbia Junior Boys Championships in both 1983 and '84 before embarking on a collegiate career at Brigham Young.
He went to college at Brigham Young, where he was a three-time All-American for the Cougars while also being named the 1986 Western Athletic Conference player of the year after winning medalists honors that season. During that time period, he also became the only person to win three straight Canadian Men's Amateur Championships in stroke play format from 1985-87 and in 1985 he also won the Alberta Amateur Championship.
He turned pro in 1988 and earned the Canadian Professional Golf Tour's Rookie of the Year after claiming six top 10 finishes in eight tour starts, including winning the Canadian PGA Championship. He then moved to Japan to compete on the Japan Golf Tour from 1989-95, where he compiled 10 runner-up finishes in 112 starts. In 1993, he was selected to the Dunhill Cup Team for Canada and twice represented Canada for the two man world cup championship. He was Canada's highest world ranked player from 1992 through 1994 reaching a high of 86 in the world rankings
Being hit by a car while jogging in 1990 eventually curtailed his career, but in a brief return to the pro ranks from 1998-2001, he had three second place finishes.
Franklin is married to the former Kristine Hoos, who served as CU’s Director of Men’s Basketball Operations from 1998-99. They are the parents of 14-year-old Jaxon and Walker, 12.