Tyler Francis enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Kirkwood Community College men’s basketball program in 2019-20.
During the 2018-19 season, Francis served as an assistant coach alongside Eagle’s Head Coach Tim Sandquist at Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL. Francis assisted with all aspects of the men’s basketball program, including practice and game management, academic monitoring of student-athletes, recruiting, scouting, and pre/post season weights and conditioning. Francis was specifically in charge of post player development throughout the year.
The Golden Eagles finished the season with a record of 25-7, as NJCAA Region IV Champions, NJCAA District II Champions, and Runners-Up at the NJCAA DIII National Tournament. This Rock Valley team “hung their hat” on the defensive end and was top 5 in the NJCAA in two categories, 5th in points per game allowed (68.3), and lead the nation in opponents’ field goal percentage (38.7). During the year Francis coached 3 NJCAA Region IV All-Region Players and 1 NJCAA All-American.
Prior to Rock Valley, Tyler was a Graduate Assistant for the women’s basketball team at Wichita State University (Wichita, KS). While at Wichita State, some of Tyler’s duties within the program involved video operations, scouting, assisting with player skill development, and graphic design for recruits and social media.
Tyler received his Bachelor's degree in PreK-12 Physical Education from Wichita State University. During his undergrad, Francis coached for two high school boys’ basketball programs. One of which being under Iowa City native, Joe Auer, who is the Head Coach at perennial power Wichita Heights High School (Wichita, KS).
Prior to attending Wichita State, Francis played basketball at Dodge City Community College (Dodge City, KS) in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. His freshman year, under Head Coach Brady Trenkle, Dodge City CC had a 20-12 record and were ranked in the NJCAA Top 25 for a period of time. Francis' sophomore year he played for Kyle Campbell and, now Kirkwood Head Coach, Tim Sandquist. During that year he played in 29 games while getting 3 starts.
Francis was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas, where he attended Manhattan High School. Tyler is the son of Terry and Heidi Francis, he has two siblings, older sister Lindsay and younger brother Zach, who all reside in Manhattan.