Governor appoints Fran Voll to Board of Trustees

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Former Bowling Green State University women's basketball coach Francis C. (Fran) Voll, has been appointed to a nine-year term on the University's Board of Trustees, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland announced May 31. He replaces Sharon Cook of Columbus, whose term ended this spring.

A native of Marion, Voll is in his sixth year as principal at Marion Catholic High School. The Marion Star reported that the Bowling Green alumnus had sought the appointment to the BGSU board and said “it's certainly an honor to be associated with the university in that capacity.”

When he was named BGSU's head women's coach in 1984, Voll was the most successful girls' high school basketball coach in the nation, coming from Delphos St. John. He led the Falcons to two undefeated Mid-American Conference seasons, three regular-season MAC championships, four MAC tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA tournament.

He stepped down from coaching in 1991 to become assistant athletic director and Falcon Club director. In 1996, he moved to Central Michigan University as women's basketball coach.

Voll was inducted into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He received a bachelor's degree in education from BGSU in 1968 and a master's degree from St. Francis College in Ft. Wayne, Ind. in 1971.

An active as well as loyal supporter of his alma mater, the former Falcon coach just completed a term as resource development chair of the BGSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

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(Posted June 04, 2007 )