Franklin becomes the ninth and final addition to Prince's inaugural K-State coaching staff after serving this past season as the wide receivers coach for the Green Bay Packers.
"James Franklin is a bright and accomplished young offensive mind," Prince said. "He is hard-working, intense and creative and clearly fits the mold of what we are looking for here at Kansas State. As important as anything, though, James is a man of integrity and I am very excited to announce his addition to our staff."
Franklin becomes the second former NFL coach named to the K-State staff by Prince. Former Tampa Bay assistant Raheem Morris was previously tapped as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator.
With 11 years of coaching experience at every level of the profession, the 33-year-old Franklin is widely considered to be an up-and-coming member of the coaching fraternity.
Prior to being hired by Green Bay, Franklin spent five seasons (2000-04) as the wide receivers coach at the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, he also served as the Terrapins' recruiting coordinator, helping the program land consecutive classes that ranked among the nation's top 25 by several prominent recruiting publications.
Maryland's receiving corps also flourished under Franklin, with Guilian Gary earning All-ACC honors in 2001.
Prior to his tenure in College Park, Md., Franklin rose quickly through the coaching ranks, making stops at five different schools in five years. He received his start in coaching at Kutztown University in 1995 as the program's receivers coach, before returning to his alma mater as a graduate assistant and secondary coach at East Stroudsburg in 1996.
In 1997, Franklin worked along side Prince at James Madison, serving at the program's receivers coach. The following season, he received his first coaching assignment at a BCS conference school as the graduate assistant in charge of tight ends at Washington State for the 1998 season.
Franklin then moved on to Idaho State for the 1999 season and mentored the Bengals' receivers. While at Idaho State, the Bengals' receiver corps totaled 29 touchdowns, 258 receptions and more than 3,300 receiving yards, contributing to one of the best offensive seasons in school history as ISU finished the year ranked ninth nationally in total offense.
A four-year letterman as a quarterback at East Stroudsburg from 1991-94, Franklin earned multiple all-conference honors during his playing career. As a senior in 1994, he garnered team MVP honors and set seven school records. He also earned Sports Illustrated national 'Player of the Week' honors in October of that season.
Franklin earned a bachelor's of science degree in psychology from East Stroudsburg in 1995 and his master's in educational leadership from Washington State in 1999.