Jay Franco has been named the head coach of the Everett Community College women’s basketball team. (Photo courtesy of Everett Community College)

Jay Franco has been named the head coach of the Everett Community College women’s basketball team. (Photo courtesy of Everett Community College)

Jay Franco hired as new EvCC women’s basketball coach

Franco, who served as an assistant the past three seasons, takes over for Jeannie Thompson.

EVERETT — After serving as an assistant for the past three seasons, Jay Franco was named the next head women’s basketball coach at Everett Community College, the school announced Monday.

Franco replaces former program leader Jeannie Thompson, who stepped down from the position at the beginning of March. Franco is the ninth head coach in the program’s 45-year history. It’s Franco’s first head coaching job.

“He’s somebody who fits well with our culture and understands what we’re trying to build as a program,” Trojans athletic director Garet Studer said. “Our student athletes always have great things to say about Jay in terms of his positivity and truly helping out our athletes develop.”

Prior to joining the program as an assistant women’s basketball coach as well as the school’s strength conditioning coach ahead of the 2020-21 season, Franco spent time as an assistant coach at Everett High School. He also graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

Former EvCC players Sydney VanNess, ThuyVi Tran, Mikail Montez and Kinslee Gallatin all went on to play at four-year universities during Franco’s tenure as an assistant, while the program has reached the NWAC playoffs five times in the past eight seasons.

“He’s proven in the sense that he’s going to go work hard,” Studer said. “It’s one of those deals where everyone starts somewhere, and this is an opportunity to give somebody a chance that could be a really good head coach in the upcoming years. We’re really excited about him moving forward.”

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Sports

Glacier Peak’s Karsten Sweum (10) poses for a portrait as The Herald's All-Area Baseball Player of the Year at Glacier Peak High School on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 in Snohomish, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
2024 Baseball Player of the Year: Glacier Peak’s Karsten Sweum

The smoke-throwing senior left-handed pitcher struck out more than two batters per inning.

Lake Stevens’ Trey Nance deals early in the game during a playoff loss to Bothell on Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Herald’s 2024 All-Area baseball team

Editor’s note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen… Continue reading

Glacier Peak grad King comes up just short in Olympic bid

King placed third in the men’s 50 freestyle at U.S. Olympic trials, but still could qualify in a relay.

Shorewood senior Isaak Abraham poses for a portrait as The Herald's Boys Soccer Player of the Year at Shorewood High School on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in Shoreline, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
2024 Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Shorewood’s Isaak Abraham

The Stormrays senior forward led Shorewood to Wesco 3A/2A and Class 3A District 1 titles.

Everett’s J’aiden Cranwell-Meneses leaves a Monroe defender in the dirt while advancing the ball during a 3A District soccer match on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Herald’s 2024 All-Area boys soccer team

Editor’s note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen… Continue reading

Lake Stevens High School graduate Taylor Roe competes for Oklahoma State University at the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 8 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Oklahoma State University)
Taylor Roe competes at the Olympic trials this weekend

Now that the Lake Stevens H.S. graduate’s decorated college running career is done, the pro ranks are next.

Jean-Luc Baker leads advanced students through a warmup during the Seattle Skating Club 2024 Your True Step figure skating seminar on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Olympic View Arena in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Patterson: What’s next for local Olympian Jean-Luc Baker?

The Edmonds ice dancer brought Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen to town with Your True Step.

Soccer legends to be part of local Copa America watch party

Pete Fewing, Marcus Hahnemann will be on hand at Angel of the Winds Arena for next Thursday’s U.S. game.

Mukilteo’s Beard places second in hammer at U20 nationals

The King’s High School sophomore has a chance to represent the U.S. at U20 worlds.

Sounders complete purchase of NWSL’s Seattle Reign

Now both of Seattle’s pro soccer teams are under the umbrella of one ownership group.

Logan Gilbert of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park on June 16, 2024, in Seattle, Washington. (Alika Jenner / Getty Images)
Mariners week: Gilbert’s brilliance lifts Seattle to sweep

Seattle’s 8 1/2-game lead in the AL West is its largest since the 2001 season.

AquaSox week in review: Mariners’ Polanco does rehab stint

Everett wins five of six on the road against Eugene; Schreck and Garcia have big weeks.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.