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Now entering his 34th season as coach of Washington and Lee's wrestling program, Gary Franke continues to produce talented, winning wrestlers and student-athletes.

Fifteen times in his career, Franke's teams have finished with winning records. He has coached W&L to more wrestling victories than any other coach in school history with 172 wins. Along with the winning seasons, his teams won three Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles. Through the years, Franke's wrestlers have had great individual success, too. He has coached nine academic All-Americans in the last 20 years as well as one NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner. Franke also coached the first Division III All-American in W&L wrestling history, an honor earned by Rich Redfoot in 1989.

In addition to his responsibilities as wrestling coach, Franke also coached the men's tennis team from 1979 through 2000. In 1988, he coached W&L to the NCAA Division III national tennis championship, the first national championship in school history. He also holds the rank of associate professor of physical education at the University.

A native of Minnesota, Franke is a 1971 graduate of Mankato State University. At Mankato, Franke compiled a school-record 32-match winning streak as a 118-pound wrestler. Following graduation, Franke served as an assistant coach at Army. He joined the W&L staff in the summer of 1973 as head wrestling coach and assistant trainer.

Gary, his wife Linda, their daughter Kara Rae and son Ryan make their home in Lexington.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-8670