Franqua "Q" Bedell is entering his fifth season as head women's basketball coach at Tallahassee Community College.
Affectionately known as "Coach Q" to his peers and colleagues, Bedell was named head women’s basketball coach at Tallahassee Community College on June 6, 2013. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he spent one season on Marlene Stollings’ staff with the Rams.
Just the third head coach in Tallahassee’s 20-plus year history, Bedell brought an impressive resume to the Eagles’ program, including ten seasons of coaching at the collegiate level. In addition to Virginia Commonwealth, Bedell’s collegiate coaching ledger includes stints at Mississippi State University (2008-12), Southeastern Illinois College (2006-08), Southeast Missouri State University (2003-05) and Hardin-Simmons University (1999-00), where he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant on the men’s basketball staff.
Through four seasons, Bedell's win-loss record at Tallahassee is 70-51. Combined with a 33-4 mark in his only season as head coach at Southeastern Illinois College (2007-08), he has an overall NJCAA coaching record of 103-55.
The 2016-17 season included his 100th career coaching victory - an 80-72 triumph at Northwest Florida State College on February 4, 2017 - but that was just one of the season's many highlights.
Bedell not only guided the Eagles to their first postseason berth since 2010, but an at-large bid to the NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, just the second trip to nationals in school history. Tallahassee ended its season with a record of 23-8, its most wins in a decade.
Bedell also coached a pair of WBCA All-Americans in 2016-17, Lawriell Wilson and Japonica James, and Wilson garnered First-team NJCAA All-America honors and was named Panhandle Conference and FCSAA Player of the Year.
Bedell's first Tallahassee team ended with a record of 12-17, but included wins over a pair of nationally-ranked opponents - Darton (Ga.) State College and Panhandle Conference foe Gulf Coast State College.
Year two of the Coach Q Era saw marked improvement. The Eagles won 18 of their first 21 games, ascending to No. 2 in the FCSAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll and No. 10 in the NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Poll. Tallahassee ended the season at 20-11, the first 20-win regular season since 2006-07.
A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Bedell graduated from Southside High School then attended the University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville, Ark., where he lettered in basketball (1995-96) and earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in sports and recreation management from Hardin-Simmons in 2001.
After graduating from Hardin-Simmons, Bedell returned to his hometown, where he began his coaching career in earnest as an assistant at his prep rival, Northside High School. In two seasons, he helped guide Northside to a 55-6 overall record and 26-2 mark in conference play. The 2001-02 season culminated with the Class 5A state championship and a No. 3 national ranking by USA Today.
Bedell’s next stop was his first at an NCAA Division I program and marked the beginning of his career in the women’s ranks – in 2003, he joined the staff at Southeast Missouri State. Over two seasons, the Redhawks recorded the program’s best overall record, best record in Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) play and advanced to the OVC Championship Game for the first time in school history. There, he also assisted in the recruitment of future OVC Player of the Year Tatiana Conceicao.
In 2005, Bedell received his first opportunity to be a head coach when he was hired to lead the freshman girls program at Notre Dame High School which, like Southeast Missouri State, is located in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
One year later, Bedell got his first taste of NJCAA competition at Southeastern Illinois College, where he spent two seasons, including one as head coach.
As an assistant coach in 2006-07, Bedell helped guide the Falcons to a No. 1 ranking in the final NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Poll and a fourth-place finish at the NJCAA Division I Basketball Tournament. Prior to the 2007-08 campaign, he was promoted to head coach and promptly guided Southeastern Illinois to a 33-4 record, a No. 6 national ranking and sixth-place finish at the 2008 NJCAA Tournament. For his efforts, he was named Coach of the Year by the Greater River Athletic Conference, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and NJCAA Region 24. Meanwhile, two of his student-athletes were named All-Americans by both the NJCAA and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
By this time, Bedell’s reputation for having a relentless recruiting style and tremendous work ethic was widely known and, following the 2008 season, he was hired as an assistant coach at Mississippi State. Over the next four seasons, Bedell helped revitalize the Bulldogs’ proud program.
In 2009, Mississippi State qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years. A year later, the Bulldogs secured a best-ever third-place finish in the Southeastern Conference and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. During his tenure at Mississippi State, Bedell was promoted to recruiting coordinator and he promptly secured a Top 50 signing class in both 2010 (47th) and 2011 (41st), according to ESPN. He also helped develop three future WNBA draft picks – Chanel Mokango, Armelie Lumanu and Alexis Rack.
Bedell’s success at Mississippi State opened the door for the opportunity at Virginia Commonwealth, where he reeled in the 38th-ranked recruiting class in 2013, according to Blue Star Report.
Bedell’s experience in student affairs goes well beyond the basketball court. Beginning as a student at the University of the Ozarks, he has worked as a student guidance counselor, student ambassador, resident assistant director, academic advisor and student activities director. While at Southeast Missouri State (SEMO), he also worked in student support services and received SEMO’s Faculty and Staff Award in 2006, an award voted on by students and given to the faculty and/or staff member who could be counted on most. At Southeastern Illinois, he also served as athletic director and fitness director in 2007-08.
Leadership development and community service have also played a huge role during Bedell’s career. He has two decades of experience as a motivational speaker and, in 2010, was one of 18 coaches selected to participate in the elite Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) program for minority basketball coaches.
Bedell is an active member of the WBCA and Black Coaches Association.
He is married to the former Crystal Ness.