Frankos named Head Baseball CoachAugust 1, 2018
Jimmy Frankos has been named as the next head coach of the Heartland Hawks baseball team.
Frankos takes the Head Coach position after two years as an assistant serving as the Hawks’ Recruiting Coordinator and Hitting Coach. Prior to Heartland, Frankos was an assistant coach in the Cape Cod League for Wareham Gatemen.
As a player, Frankos was a 4 year letter winner at the University of Iowa. He served as the Hawkeyes starting catcher during one of the most successful stretches in Iowa Baseball history as the team won over 100 games during his final 3 years while reaching the NCAA Regional final in 2015.
“I am honored to be named the next head baseball coach at Heartland Community College,” said Frankos. “I am excited to take over a program with such a rich history and to continue to build on the success we have had in the classroom, in the community, and on the baseball field. To be able to take over this program is a dream come true and I cannot wait to get started. Go Hawks!”
Frankos replaces Brian Furlong, who took a position with Xavier University in Ohio this summer.
During his two seasons with Heartland as an assistant, Frankos was part of the coaching staff that posted a 46-10 record. In 2018, the Hawks were Midwest Athletic Conference Champions and off the field the team posted the second highest team GPA in the program’s history. Nine Hawks were named to the NJCAA All-Academic Team.
“With his time here at HCC, Jimmy helped reestablish the baseball program to national prowess. His results on the field speak for themselves,” said Athletics Director Ryan Knox. “Jimmy excels in creating relationships with the modern athlete and is the perfect fit to continue the path the program is on.”
As head baseball coach, Frankos has the responsibility to develop successful student athletes by fostering positive personal character, sportsmanship, teamwork and conduct on and off the field. He will oversee all day-to-day team tasks, schedule and organize games and practice schedules, and recruit a roster of student athletes. He is expected to start preceding a pending approval from the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 21.
Written by: Steve Fast