James Franklin Net Worth: Earnings Of The Football Coach

James Franklin is a former American football quarterback who now leads the Penn State Nittany Lions football team as their head coach.

He earned the Hayes–Schembechler Coach of the Year award in 2016 and several other honors. Franklin has had a successful coaching career, starting way back in 1995

As a player, he was on East Stroudsburg’s team from 1991 to 1994.

James Franklin Net Worth

Franklin earns $8.5 million yearly. This includes a $500,000 yearly bonus for staying and a $1 million yearly loan for life insurance. He could also earn up to $1 million yearly in bonuses, with $800,000 for winning the College Football Playoff title.

As both a player and coach, Franklin amassed considerable wealth. His total net worth is estimated to be $25 million.

James Franklin Car

James Franklin has three cars: a 1988 white Honda Accord, a purple Isuzu Trooper, and a shiny black 2005 Yukon Denali – his newest car, still in great shape, is valued at $19,538.

Charitable Works

As the 43rd annual Renaissance Fund honoree at Penn State, James Franklin contributed significantly to fundraising efforts, generating $287,600 for scholarships. His commitment extends to volunteering at the Penn State Children’s Hospital at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Additionally, Franklin advocates for the National Bone Marrow Registry and strongly supports “Be the Match.” Before his appearance with Penn State at the Cotton Bowl, he donated $10,000 to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

Profile Summary

Net Worth $25 Million
Name James Geoffrey Franklin
Age 52 years old
Date of Birth February 2, 1972
Place of BirthLanghorne, Pennsylvania
Occupation Former: American Football player
Present: Football Coach
FatherJames Franklin
Mother Jocelyn Franklin
SiblingDebra Sharpe
Wife Fumi Franklin
ChildrenShola Franklin
Addy Franklin
187.96 cm
Weight 81.6kg

James Franklin Biography

James Franklin, whose full name is James Geoffrey Franklin, was born on February 2, 1972, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. His parents are James Oliver and Jocelyn “Josie” Franklin.

His father, James Oliver, was in the Air Force. He met James’s mother, Jocelyn, when he was stationed in Manchester, England.

During his high school years, he attended Neshaminy High School in Langhorne. When it was time for college, he enrolled at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, majoring in psychology.

He was part of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity throughout his college tenure. He also served as a quarterback for four years, from 1993 to 1994.

As a quarterback, he established seven school records and was nominated for the Division 2 Player of the Year in 1994.

During his senior year in 1994, he emerged as a regional candidate for the prestigious Harlon Hill Award, recognizing the top player in Division II football. Impressively, he secured the sixth position in Division II for total offense, boasting an average of 312.9 yards per game.

In the 1994 season, Franklin showcased his skills by throwing for 2,586 yards and 14 touchdowns while also contributing on the ground with 543 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. His performance in the previous year, 1993, was equally notable, as he threw for 1,912 yards and 19 touchdowns, along with 395 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Upon graduation, James Franklin left an indelible mark on the school’s record books, amassing 23 records. Noteworthy among these are the season records for passing yards, total offense in 1994, and the passing touchdown record in 1993.

His exceptional performance during that season earned him recognition as the National Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at the end of his college.

Franklin furthered his education by completing a master’s degree course in “Educational leadership” at Washington State in 1999.

James Franklin Career

Franklin started coaching in 1995 after finishing at Kutztown University. He coached at East Stroudsburg, then worked as the Roskilde Kings’ offensive planner.

Later, he coached at James Madison and Washington State. He held coaching jobs at Maryland University, teaching wide receivers and leading offensive strategies.

He also interned with NFL squads like the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Minnesota Vikings. After a short time with the Green Bay Packers, he returned to Maryland as an offensive planner. He then became Vanderbilt’s head coach after Ralph Friedgen left.

At Kansas State University, Franklin coached quarterbacks and led the offense from 2006 to 2007. He helped players like Josh Freeman and Jordy Nelson, who later played in the NFL. Despite some success, the team didn’t do as well as before, so Franklin left when Prince was fired and Bill Snyder returned in 2008.

Vanderbilt Commodores Football

Franklin was considered for the head coach job at Vanderbilt in 2010, replacing Robbie Caldwell. He became the first African American to lead a major sport there. He did well, taking Vanderbilt to three bowl games in a row for the first time. He also helped them achieve many firsts in wins and player achievements.

Season Highlights

  • 2011: The Vanderbilt team went 6-7, the first time seniors had been to two bowl games at Vanderbilt. They played well against tough teams.
  • 2012: They ended with a 9-4 record and got rankings in national polls for the first time in a long while. They had big wins against rivals and a historic nine-win season since 1915.
  • 2013: They kept up their success with nine wins again and won the BBVA Compass Bowl. But there was trouble when four players got into serious trouble with the law on “Aggravated Rape charges,” which caused problems for Franklin.


Franklin got in trouble for allegedly telling someone to delete the rape videos involving players, but in court, he denied the allegations.

He confessed to altering his tale regarding whether he informed Vanderbilt athletes that he’d seen a video of the event.

There were also arguments about why some games got canceled against other teams like Northwestern and Ohio State.

Penn State Nittany Lions Football State

James Franklin started as the main coach for Penn State’s football team on January 11, 2014. Before this, Penn State paid $1.5 million to end his job at Vanderbilt.

He signed a six-year contract with a $4.3 million salary for 2014, which included a $300,000 bonus for staying. His deal promised a $100,000 yearly raise, plus extra bonuses based on how well he did. When he first talked to reporters, Franklin said he wanted to make Penn State good at recruiting in Pennsylvania again.

But when Franklin left Vanderbilt, some upset fans argued about it. Moving to Penn State made people talk about a situation where four past Vanderbilt players were accused of a serious crime.

Penn State’s president “Rodney Erickson” and sports director “Dave Joyner,” said they trusted Franklin and checked him well before hiring.

Even though Penn State had a bad situation in the past, they were sure about hiring Franklin when he first appeared as the coach at Beaver Stadium.

Season Highlights

  • 2014: Franklin’s first year as coach saw the team with an even six wins and six losses in the regular season. They triumphed in a close 31 – 30 victory against Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.
  • 2015: The team finished the regular season with seven wins and 5 losses. They ended the year with a 24 – 17 loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl
  • 2016: Despite a rocky start at two wins and two losses, Franklin guided the team to win the Big Ten’s East Division. They clinched the Big Ten Football Championship Game with eight straight wins. Franklin received recognition as the Dave McClain Coach of the Year.
  • 2017: Another successful season under Franklin led to a 10–2 regular season record and a triumphant 35 – 28 win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl, ending with an 11–2 record.
  • 2018: Despite losing key players, the team finished with nine wins and four losses, losing to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl.
  • 2019: An impressive 11 – 2 season concluded with a victory against Memphis in the Cotton Bowl. The team ranked #9 in both major polls.
  • 2020: A tough season due to the pandemic began with a 0–5 record but ended with a 4 – 5 finish.
  • 2021: Penn State started well but faced difficulties towards the end, finishing 7–6 after a loss to Arkansas in the Outback Bowl.
  • 2022: Despite losing key players to the NFL Draft, the team achieved an 11 – 2 record, securing a Rose Bowl win against Utah. This was Franklin’s first Rose Bowl victory.

Personal Life

In 1998, while working as a coach at Washington State, Franklin met his wife, Fumi, who was studying at the university.

They met again while he was coaching at Maryland and studying for a master’s degree in educational leadership.

Despite the distance, their relationship grew, and they engaged in Green Bay in 2005. The Franklins are now a family of four with two daughters, Addy and Shola Franklin.

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