Franqua Bedell, known to most as “Coach Q”, is an accomplished college basketball coach, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, author and Founder of the Off The Bench Coaches Program. Off The Bench focuses on utilizing effective team communication and group structure, emphasizing the importance for forging relationships and equipping teams with the proper attitude to develop leaders from within. Franqua has used his skills in leadership development to build a nationally ranked basketball program at Tallahassee Community College. In March 2018, he showed the country how special his approach is by becoming the first black male in history to win the NJCAA Division I National Championship and the first in Tallahassee Community College history to bring home a national title. Franqua was named the 2018 Spalding NJCAA Division I National Coach of the Year. His teams have been recognized nationally for academic success, with graduation rates at 98% over the last five years and 100% over the last two. Franqua, who takes pride in being more than a basketball coach, has proven to be a leader of leaders, a champion of champions and a change agent where ever he goes
Franqua has twenty plus years of teaching and coaching, including the University of the Ozarks, Northside High School, Southeast Missouri State, Notre Dame Academy, Southeastern Illinois Community College, Mississippi State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Tallahassee Community College in addition to his current role as an assistant basketball coach at Missouri State University. He is the Founder and CEO of Get In The Game Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening the community by promoting economic involvement, encouraging and engaging personal growth and self-improvement through the use of selfless giving. Franqua is the author of two books, From Chumps to Champs and Get Off The Bench and Get Into The Game.
Franqua graduated from the University of the Ozarks with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Recreation Management and earned a Master of Education from Hardin-Simmons University in Counseling for Human Development. He is happily married since August 2014 to his best friend, Crystal.