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Men's Coaching Staff

Thad McCracken
Head Coach

McCracken, a Bedford, Ind. native, enters his seventh season at the helm of the men's basketball program.

In 2014-15, McCracken's Warriors recorded a five-game winning streak which propelled Hendrix into their first NCAA Division III Tournament since 1996. They won the final two games of the regular season, then knocked off the #3, #2 and #1 seeds at the Southern Athletic Association Tournament to become league champions.

In his first year, McCracken improved the Warriors win total from six to 10, and earned a bid to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament after missing it the season before. McCracken's squad played down the stretch, winning six of their last 10 regular season games.

During his tenure, McCracken has coached 10 all-conference selections.

In 2016, McCracken served as an assistant coach for the NABC Division III All-Star Game in Salem, Va.

Prior to taking over the men's team, he had a standout 2009-10 season as the Hendrix women’s head coach. McCracken guided the Warriors through one of the most exciting women’s seasons in school history with its first SCAC Western Division title after finishing 20-5 over all and 13-3 in SCAC play. Hendrix’s post season run ended with an 86-77 loss to Centre College in the semifinal round of the conference tournament.

McCracken first served as the men’s assistant coach under Dan Priest’s tenure for four seasons (2005-09) and was named the head women’s coach after Chris Hitchcock resigned following the 2008-09 season. McCracken guided the Warrior women to a 20-5 record overall and a 13-3 SCAC mark, placing first in the West Division.

McCracken’s first coaching position was at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. as an assistant coach, where he helped lead the Pioneers to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 2004-05.  While he was coaching at TU, McCracken earned his masters of science degree in sports administration from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005.

A 2004 graduate of Hanover College, McCracken earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He won four HCAC Championships and made two NCAA D-III National Tournament appearances during his playing career.

McCracken was honored as a NCAA D-III All-American and HCAC Player of the Year his senior year and HCAC Tournament MVP his junior year. McCracken holds the record for most 3-pointers in a season (76, 2003-04) and is tied for most career 3-pointers (216, 2001-04) in Hanover’s rich program history.

McCracken has also served as the head men's golf  and head women's golf coach.

Thad is married to the former Jennifer Sullivan of Frankfort, Ky. Thad and Jennifer reside in Conway, Ark. with their sons Kaden and Kamden.

Ta-Rel Franklin
Assistant Coach

Ta-Rel Franklin enters his first season as a member of the Hendrix men's basketball coaching staff. Franklin will serve as the assistant coach for the Warriors.

Before coming to Hendrix, Franklin served as an assistant coach at Bluffton University for two seasons in Bluffton, Ohio. In his time there, he was in charge of recruiting duties, as well as providing in-depth scouting reports on upcoming opponents, breaking down video from practices and games and monitoring academic success regarding the basketball players. Franklin also coached the 2017-18 Bluffton team to a return to the Heartland Conference Tournament.

Prior to Bluffton, Franklin started out as a student assistant coach before transitioning to the director of basketball operations at Alderson Broaddus University (ABU) in Philippi, West Virginia. Franklin's duties at ABU included: daily practice planning, working with guards in practice, develop travel plans for road games, game/practice film breakdown, as well as the day-to-day operations of the team. Franklin was also a member of the 2014-15 Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) regular season and tournament championship team at ABU.

Franklin also worked multiple summers as a youth coach for the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA as well as at the UK John Calipari Summer Basketball Camp. 

A native of Garfield Heights, Ohio, Franklin earned his B.S. in Business Marketing and received his master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management in May 2018.