Teachers and coaches have such great opportunities to make a difference in the lives of their students and athletes. Temple University Women's Fencing Coach Nikki Franke has been making a difference for 50 years. The only African American coach in Division I Fencing, she began her career as head coach in 1972, and yes, she is returning again next Fall. Her fencing coach helped her to receive a college scholarship and to become an olympic athlete, and she has been paying it forward for 50 years. Nikki likens teaching and coaching fencing to a physical game of chess.
I love her inspiring story and her continued enthusiasm for her sport and her players. Nikki Franke has helped to shape thousands of lives in her 50 years of coaching. She exemplifies the quote, "A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life." John Wooden
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