“I know the style of ball Coach Metcalf likes to play is the style of ball we had at LSUS. Hopefully, I can help him transition into a more fast-paced game,” Francis said. “I think it will give us a little step on the competition. Defensively, it’s going to be tough. But Coach Metcalf is a tough coach, and he likes to coach defensive, so I think our guys will be ready for that challenge.”
Francis started his collegiate coaching career as a student assistant at Rogers State University in 2011-12 as the Hillcats made an appearance in the quarterfinals at the NAIA Division I National Championship.
During his senior campaign in the 2011-12 season, he helped lead the Cats to their first appearance in the round of eight in the team’s second appearance at the national tournament.
Francis was one of the first signees to the Hillcat program. He ended his career with 800 points and became the all-time career record holder for games played (123), steals (139) and minutes played (2,498). Francis was one of four recipients of the Pattison Family Foundation Scholarship and was recognized as a Champion of Character.
“I watched him as a player at RSU where he played with great energy and enthusiasm, and I know he will do the same as an assistant coach,” Metcalf said. “We welcome Chris to the USAO family.”
With experience in the national tournament as both a player and a coach, Francis said he sets high goals for his teams, including conference and national championships.
“A 20-plus season is another goal,” he said. “Hopefully, just win some championships in addition to getting some good kids in here that will graduate.”