Written by Dave Schabell of bmustangs.com (https://bmustangs.com/ben-franzen-named-mustangs-boys-basketball-head-coach/)
In the press release below, issued by the Bishop Brossart High School administration, Campbell County native Ben Franzen, a 2009 graduate of Campbell County High School, has been named the head coach of the Brossart Mustangs. Coach Franzen has served most recently as Varsity Assistant and the JV Coach at Covington Catholic High School under Coach Scott Ruthsatz, one of the area’s premiere coaches. He is also the former Freshman Coach at Highlands.
Ben replaces Scott Code who has stepped down after two years as our head coach and dedicated a total of 15 years to our school and basketball program. Scott took over from his brother Mike in the Covid shortened 2020-21 season. Mike served the previous 16 years as our head coach and two more as Varsity Assistant to Willie Schlarman who served in the head coaching capacity for seven seasons. We are indebted to “Team Code” for their dedication and service to our boys basketball program, and look forward to moving forward into the future under Coach Franzen and his staff.
Coach Franzen will attend First Friday mass this Friday at 6:45am, and will meet with his prospective new team in the Munninghoff Family Theater following mass at 7:15am.
Ben will also serve as the director of our upcoming Summer Youth Basketball Camp taking place from Monday to Thursday, June 20th to 23rd.
Please join me in welcoming Coach Ben Franzen to our school and wish him a long and successful tenure here.
For Immediate Release:
Ben Franzen has been selected as varsity head coach of the boys basketball program at Bishop Brossart High School.
Franzen spent six years as an assistant coach at Covington Catholic High School under Coach Scott Ruthsatz, which won four 9th Region championships during that time. Franzen also served as the junior varsity head coach at CovCath and guided the Colonels to back-to-back perfect seasons (47-0 overall record), including two consecutive Northern Kentucky regional tournament championships.
In 2017-18, the Colonels junior varsity team posted a 23-0 record en route to the regional title. That preceded the CovCath varsity team’s winning the KHSAA state championship that same year.
A year earlier, Franzen’s junior varsity squad finished 24-0 and also captured the regional crown.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to contribute in the growth of faith and hard work for the young men at Bishop Brossart,” Franzen said. “Strengthening these two aspects in their lives will lead to success both on and off the court.”
Prior to arriving at CovCath, Franzen spent three years as the freshmen head coach at Highlands High School. He guided the Highlands to the regional championship game in 2014-15.
In addition, Franzen has worked several summer camps for Michigan State University head coach Tom Izzo in East Lansing, Mich.
Franzen is a 2009 graduate of Campbell County High School, where he lettered in both basketball and baseball for the Camels. He earned his B.A. in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University in 2013.
Bishop Brossart posted a 12-19 record this past season under head coach Scott Code. The Mustangs were 37th District runner-ups and advanced to the 10th Region Tournament, where they dropped a 69-50 decision to Mason County in the opening round.
“Bishop Brossart High School also would also like to extend a gratitude of thanks to Scott Code,” Bishop Brossart principal Chris Holtz said. “Coach Code recently stepped down as head coach due to family obligations. Coach Code led our program for the past two seasons and had to deal with all the challenges of the COVID pandemic. We thank him for his guidance and hard work and wish him and his family the very best.”
Franzen teaches the 5th grade at Crossroads Elementary School in Cold Spring, Ky. He and his wife, Melody, and their two children are members of the St. Joe’s Cold Spring Parish.