Hartford Hawks Athletics – Hodgdon completes staff for 2021-22



WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut – Interim Head Coach Melissa L. Hodgdon announced the addition of Amani franklin, Jackson jabir and Janelle Harrison to the coaching staff of the Hartford women’s basketball team.

“We are excited to continue the improvements we have made on and off the pitch over the past two years. We will remain committed to the vision Morgan Valley brought to the University of Hartford in 2019,” said Hodgdon. “The goal of this hugely successful program is to represent this university on and off the field by bringing the best version of ourselves collectively and individually every day.”

Franklin joins Hartford as an assistant coach after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant women’s basketball coach with Robert Morris. Franklin was part of two Northeast Conference (NEC) regular season championship teams in 2017-18 and 2019-20. In her three seasons as an assistant coach with Robert Morris, the program finished 52-28 (0.650) overall and 37-15 (0.712) in the league. The 2018 Colonials won a bid for the National Women’s Post-Season Invitational (WNIT) tournament, while the 2020 squad advanced to the semi-finals of the NEC tournament before the COVID-19 pandemic do not abruptly end the season.

Amani franklin joins us from RMU. She’s a training prodigy from the legendary Pat Head Summit driveshaft, ”said Hodgdon. “Amani and his Kentucky team made the NCAA Elite 8 in 2010 and have played professionally in Finland and Germany. In addition to her knowledge of the game and her ability to recruit, she takes great pride in mentoring, which for me is the real reason for coaching. “

Prior to joining Robert Morris, Franklin spent the 2016-17 season at Winthrop as the director of women’s basketball operations. Prior to that, she spent two years as a staff support associate at her alma mater Kentucky.

As a player, Franklin helped lead Kentucky to the 2010 NCAA Elite Eight tournament. She appeared in 127 games over her four seasons in a Wildcats uniform, starting 76 of them. Franklin averaged 7.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as a senior in 2009-10, and posted a career-high 11.3 points per game in his junior season. Franklin graduated from Kentucky in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics with a minor in business.

Jabir joins Hartford as an assistant after spending a year in Denmark as an assistant basketball coach for SISU Basketball Club. While in Denmark, he was also the head coach of five youth basketball teams ranging from the U13-U18 age groups, focusing on skill development and overall understanding of the game. Jabir’s father , Jim, is currently the Head Coach of the Siena Women’s Basketball Program.

“Jackson has developed a passion for the game and a keen eye for scouting, recruiting and enjoys developing player skills,” said Hodgdon. “He’s creative, thoughtful, excited and enthusiastic about this opportunity, and I’m so grateful he’s joining us. He was a male training player and captain with the Dayton women’s basketball. led the recruiting team and helped Dayton compete in two NCAA tournaments. “

Outstanding member of the Hartford Women’s Basketball Program from 2014 to 2018, Harrison joins the Hartford staff as Director of Basketball Operations.

“I met Janelle our first year here and she told me she wanted to be DOBO,” Hodgdon said. “I am happy that she has this opportunity with us now and I know that she will help our program and the student athletes excel on and off the field.”

Twice selected to the elite defensive team of East America, Harrsion helped the Hawks make two East American Championship appearances (2015, 2018) while at West Hartford. Since graduating with a communications degree in 2018, Harrison has played basketball professionally in Portugal, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, and Egypt.

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