UK Women's Basketball

Winthrop adds former UK women’s player Amani Franklin to staff

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Kentucky’s Amani Franklin, right, pulled in a loose ball in front of Boston University’s Caitlynn Moran, left, on Nov. 13, 2009, in Lexington.
Kentucky’s Amani Franklin, right, pulled in a loose ball in front of Boston University’s Caitlynn Moran, left, on Nov. 13, 2009, in Lexington. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

Former University of Kentucky player Amani Franklin, a native of Stone Mountain, Ga., was named the director of basketball operations for Winthrop’s women’s basketball team, head coach Kevin Cook announced.

“We are very happy to have Amani join our Winthrop staff,” said Cook, who is beginning his fifth season at the school in Rock Hill, S.C. “Amani is a grinder and I like that she is a perfectionist who will add a lot to our program.”

Franklin played four years at Kentucky, including reaching the 2010 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

She said she is thankful for the opportunity that Cook has given her.

“He is a proven winner, not only at Winthrop but in the WNBA as well,” Franklin said. “I look forward to serving our student-athletes as we all work towards our goals for next season.”

She received a bachelor’s degree from UK in agricultural economics with a minor in business. She has been pursuing a master’s degree in sports management from Morehead State while serving as a staff support associate for the UK women’s program.

Franklin’s duties with Kentucky had included management of the day-to-day operations, overseeing the women’s basketball booster organization, travel arrangements, and special events.

Following her collegiate career, Franklin played professional basketball in Germany and Finland from 2011 to 2013 until she joined the UK staff in 2014.

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