VCU’s Franqua Bedell tabbed to lead Tallahassee Community College women’s basketball

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Posted at 9:54 PM, Jun 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-21 08:29:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – Tallahassee Community College director of athletics Rob Chaney has announced the hiring of Franqua “Q” Bedell as the College’s new women’s basketball coach.

Bedell, a native of Fort Smith, Ark., is a 13-year coaching veteran, including ten at the collegiate level. He recently completed his first season as an assistant coach on Marlene Stollings’ staff at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I am very excited to welcome Franqua Bedell to the TCC family,” said Chaney. “Coach Q has been highly successful in each step of his professional growth, including one as an NJCAA head coach at Southeastern Illinois College, and I’m confident in his ability to provide the necessary leadership and direction for Tallahassee Community College’s women’s basketball program.”

Bedell was a four-year letterman (1995-99) in basketball and earned a bachelor’s in general studies at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark. He holds a master’s degree in sports and recreation management from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where he also began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1999.

"I am humbled, honored and certainly proud to be the next women's basketball coach at Tallahassee Community College, and I couldn't be happier and more excited about the next chapter in my coaching career,” said Bedell. “I'm ecstatic about competing in the elite Panhandle Conference and what that represents for NJCCA women's basketball and the Tallahassee community.

“I look to the future with great anticipation about the opportunities to win championships and compete on a national level."

Following one season at Hardin-Simmons (1999-00), Bedell served two seasons at Northside High School (2001-03) in Fort Smith, Ark., two seasons at Southeast Missouri State University (2003-05), one season at Notre Dame High School (2005-06) in Cape Girardeau, Mo., two seasons at Southeastern Illinois College (2006-08) and four seasons at Mississippi State University (2008-12).

Bedell, 37, will be introduced as head coach on Friday, June 21, his first official day on the job at TCC.