Joe Franklin is in his 12th season as the head coach of Butler University's men's and women's track and field and cross country teams. Franklin came to Butler from Purdue University where he was the assistant men's track and cross country coach from 1992-94. Prior to coaching at Purdue, Franklin served as the men's and women's cross country coach at DePauw in 1991. That year, Franklin was named Hoosier Conference Coach of the Year for women. He was named Butler's track and cross country coach in July of 1995.
A native of Greencastle, Ind., Franklin was a four-year letter-winner in track at Purdue. He finished second in the 800 meter run in the 1989 Big Ten Championships and third in the same event in 1991.
Since coming to Butler, Franklin has earned many honors. In 1996, he was named Midwestern Collegiate Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. In 1997 He was named MCC Women's Indoor Track and Field and Cross Country Coach of the Year. In 1998, he was named MCC Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and Men's Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. In 1999, he was named MCC Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. In 2000, Franklin was named MCC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year. In 2002, he was named Horizon League Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year, Horizon League Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year, and Horizon League Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. For the past three years (2003-05), he's been selected Horizon League Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
In all Franklin has led seven teams to the NCAA Cross Country Championship. The Butler men's cross country team earned a 16th place finish in 1998, a 23rd place finish in 2001, a 19th place finish in 2002, a fourth place finish in 2004 and a 25th place finish in 2005. The Butler women's cross country team placed 31st in 2004 and 24th in 2005. He has coached 80 NCAA qualifiers, eight All-Americans, 121 Horizon League/MCC champions, and 250 All-Horizon League athletes.
Franklin received his bachelor's (1991) and master's (1993) degrees from Purdue.