Matt Franzen Named Doane University Director of Athletics

CRETE – Doane University has promoted Tigers head football coach, Matt Franzen, to Director of Athletics, replacing Jill McCartney, who is leaving to take a similar position at Kenyon College in Ohio.

Franzen, who will direct the overall administration and operations of Doane University’s 22-athletic teams, has served as the Tigers head football coach since 2007.

He earned Great Plains Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2014, and led the Tigers into the NAIA playoffs in 2015 and 2016.

Franzen’s first action as the new Director of Athletics was promoting the Tigers defensive coordinator, Chris Bessler, to head football coach.

Bessler, who has served as Doane’s defensive coordinator the past eleven years, becomes the 33rd head coach in program history, and only the fourth since 1984.

Bessler is a 1995 graduate of Doane University, competing for the Tigers in football, baseball and track and field.

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