Women's Basketball

Beckie Francis
Beckie Francis

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Colgate, '87



06/12/2013

Beckie Francis Relieved as Women's Basketball Coach

Jeff Tungate will serve as interim head coach.

05/01/2013

Lindsay Scarlatelli Added to Oakland Basketball Coaching Staff

Scarlatelli returns to Oakland after being a manager from 2007-10

04/19/2013

Oakland Women's Basketball Signs PSL Star Nijzah Hill

The high school senior will join the team this summer.

04/18/2013

OU's Herrington and Hamlet Leave Women's Basketball Program

They will finish up the academic year with finals next week.

03/09/2013

Oakland Ends Season with Loss to SDSU at League Tournament, 67-53

Olivia Nash had 17 points to lead the Golden Grizzlies.

04/23/2013

Coach Beckie Francis

Coach Beckie Francis receives her USBWA Most Courageous Award at the Women's Final Four in New Orleans. While in attendance, she took an opportunity to teach other coaches about her experiences at WBCA roundtables.

02/23/2013

Postgame Press Conference

Coach Francis, Elena Popkey, and Olivia Nash discuss the team's loss to Fort Wayne.

02/21/2013

Coach Beckie Francis

Coach Francis has been announced as the recipient of the USBWA Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award.

02/14/2013

Postgame Press Conference

Coach Francis, Olivia Nash, and Sinclair Russell discuss their team's victory over South Dakota.

02/02/2013

Postgame Press Conference

Coach Francis, Annemarie Hamlet, and Olivia Nash talk about their team's loss to Omaha.

03/11/2013

Oakland vs. South Dakota State (Summit League Championships)

The women's basketball team faced SDSU in the quarterfinals of The Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D.

02/23/2013

Oakland vs Fort Wayne - Feb. 23, 2013

Oakland faced Fort Wayne in the final home game of the season on Feb. 23, 2013. IPFW won the game 87-71.

12/16/2012

Oakland vs. Purdue

The Oakland women's basketball team faced off against No. 15/14 Purdue Sunday in the Athletics Center O'rena.

11/26/2012

Oakland vs UM Dearborn - Nov. 26, 2012

Oakland defeated Dearborn 78-53 at the Athletics Center O'rena on Nov. 26, 2012.

11/09/2012

Oakland vs. George Mason

The Oakland women's basketball team opened the 2012-13 regular season by hosting George Mason Friday evening.

THE BECKIE FRANCIS FILE
16 SEASONS
Oakland
(13 Seasons)
227-162 (.584)
Conference 117-65 (.643)
Overall 257-210 (.550)
11 SEASONS - DIVISION I
Overall 193-142 (.576)
The Summit League 117-65 (.643)
MOST WINS AS OAKLAND HEAD COACH
1 Bob Taylor 251
2 Beckie Francis 227
3 DeWayne Jones 70
MOST WINS BY SUMMIT LEAGUE COACHES
1 Jerry Finkbeiner Oral Roberts 233
2 Keith Freeman Valparaiso 229
3 Beckie Francis Oakland 207
4 Leslie Crane Western Illinois 192
5 Ed DiGregorio Youngstown State 163
ALL-TIME SUMMIT LEAGUE VICTORIES
1 Keith Freeman, Valparaiso 134 13 seasons
2

Jerry Finkbeiner,
Oral Roberts

129 14 seasons
3 Leslie Crane,
Western Illinois
124 12 seasons
4 Beckie Francis, Oakland 117 11 seasons
BEST SUMMIT LEAGUE WINNING PERCENTAGES
3

Ed Digregorio,
Youngstown State

.662 98-50
4

Keith Freeman,
Valparaiso

.659 135-70
5 Beckie Francis,
Oakland
.643 117-65

Beckie Francis recently concluded her 12th season as the head women's basketball coach at Oakland University. In her time at OU, Francis has posted five 20-win seasons and advanced to the league championship game seven times.

Francis earned her 200th win as OU head coach at South Dakota State. She boasts a career record of 218-142 at Oakland and ranks second all-time in career wins at OU. A two-time Summit League Coach of the Year, Francis ranks third with a .687 winning percentage in league play.

Oakland has advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice under Francis, in 2002 and 2006. Francis has taken Oakland to the postseason in four of her last eight seasons as head coach. During her tenure, the Golden Grizzlies have raised five championship banners, three regular season titles (2000, '01, '07) and two tournament wins (2002, '06).

After leading Oakland through the transition from Division II to Division I, Francis won the league regular season title in Oakland's first season of full eligibility. Soon after she led the team to its first NCAA tournament berth in 2002.

After a brief sabbatical from coaching, Francis returned and immediately led the Golden Grizzlies back to the Big Dance in the 2006 season. In 2007 Francis' OU squad won the school's third regular season title and advanced to the WNIT for the first time. Oakland went back to the postseason two years later in the 2009 WNIT.

Every four year player that has played for Francis has participated in some form of NCAA postseason. In just nine seasons of eligibility, she has led Oakland to seven Summit League Championship title games.

The Oakland teams have also experienced a great deal of success away from the court under Francis' direction. In addition to numerous community outreach and volunteer projects, the OU team has also made the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for six consecutive seasons since Francis' return.

Over the past four years Francis has constantly improved Oakland's Academic Progress Rate (APR). The team posted a perfect score of 1000 for the 2009-10 academic season, the second perfect score for OU in the previous four years. The team now has a multiyear APR of 991, which ranks in the top-20 percentile among women's NCAA Division I teams.

Francis has also been honored individually as a role model for young women. She was an honored guest and recognized as an Esteemed Woman of Michigan in 2010. At the 2013 Final Four she was named the winner of the 2013 Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award, presented by the United States Basketball Writers Association. She has been a keynote speaker at various events to help child abuse awareness. Francis was invited to be a board member of CARE house of Oakland County, the local Children's Advocacy center in Pontiac. She was also a behind-the-scenes leader in the effort to get Erin's law passed and signed into law in Michigan

The 2010-11 season saw Oakland advance to The Summit League Championship game for the fourth time in the past six seasons. Battling through injuries, the Golden Grizzlies upended No. 1 seed Oral Roberts 96-62 in The Summit League Tournament semifinal; the most lopsided win of any No. 4 seed in a semifinal in league history. OU posted a 12-6 record in league play and finished tied for third in the league standings. The Golden Grizzlies recorded non-conference wins over Illinois and Clemson to set a school record for the most victories over opponents from BCS conferences.

Throughout her 11-year career with Oakland, Francis has mentored two Kodak All-Americans in Sarah Judd and Katie Wolfe, and 16 All-Conference players--several of whom have garnered multiple mentions among the conference elite--including one of just two players in league history to be voted first-team All-Conference four times in Wolfe.

Francis has now led two teams through successful transition processes. In addition to her work at Oakland, where she won the league regular season title in her first year of eligibility, Francis also guided Stony Brook (N.Y.) through a successful transition from the NCAA Division III level to Division II. Francis coached the Seawolves for three years making it to the conference tournament in her final season.

Before her first head coaching job at Stony Brook, Francis served as the top assistant coach at the University of Buffalo for four seasons. Francis's duties with Buffalo included coordinating recruiting and counseling of the Bulls' student athletes. Working with Buffalo was Francis' first experience with a team in transition, as she helped take the Bulls from DII to DI. The Bulls captured two East Coast Conference championships in Francis' four years with the program, winning their first one in 1991-92, their first campaign as a DI school.

In addition to her on-court duties with Oakland, Francis hosts several basketball camps throughout the summer. She also is an advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at OU, and in the summer of 2006 Francis was tabbed by Athletes in Action to coach a team in France. The seven-member squad, which included Golden Grizzlies Bonnie Baker ('07) and Jessica Pike, spent seven days in Dunquerque and posted a 4-0 record.

Francis and her husband, Dr. Gary Russi, live in Rochester, Mich.

Francis' Career Record
YEAR School Overall Conference Notes
1994-95 Stony Brook 13-12 (.520) N/A Division III
1995-96 Stony Brook 7-19 (.269) N/A

Transition Year 1
DIII to DII

1996-97 Stony Brook 10-17 (.370) N/A Transition Year 2
DIII to DII
1997-98 Oakland 20-7 (.741) N/A Transition Year 1
DII to DI
1998-99 Oakland 14-13 (.519) N/A Transition Year 2
DII to DI
1999-2000 Oakland 19-10 (.655) 13-3 (.871) Mid-Con Regular Season Champions
2000-01 Oakland 20-10 (.667) 12-4 (.750) Mid-Con Regular Season Champions
2001-02 Oakland 17-14 (.548) 8-6 (.571) Mid-Con Tournament Champions, NCAA
2005-06 Oakland 15-16 (.484) 8-8 (.500) Mid-Con Tournament Champions, NCAA
2006-07 Oakland 19-13 (.594) 12-2 (.857) Mid-Con Regular Season Champions, WNIT
2007-08 Oakland 20-10 (.667) 12-6 (.667) Summit Regular Season
Runner-up
2008-09 Oakland 26-7 (.788) 16-2 (.889) Summit Tournament Finalist, WNIT
2009-10 Oakland 17-13 (.567) 14-4 (.778) Summit Regular Season Runner-up
2010-11 Oakland 20-12 (.625) 12-6 (.667) Summit Tournament Finalist
2011-12 Oakland 11-17 (.393) 7-11 (.389) Summit Tournament Quarterfinals
2012-13 Oakland 9-20 (.310) 3-13 (.188) Summit Tournament Quarterfinals
Totals

15 Years
13 at OU

257-210 (.550)
227-162 (.584)

117-65 (.643)
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