Alicia Hicken-Franklin is currently in her first year on the Minnesota swimming and diving staff. Hicken-Franklin joins the staff as Associate Head Coach for women’s and men’s swimming and diving.
She joins the program following her 16-year stint at the University of Denver, where she spent 11 seasons as Associate Head Coach. She helped guide the Pioneers to three-consecutive Summit League titles since joining during the 2013-2014 season and was nominated for the CollegeSwimming.com 2016 Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Hicken-Franklin played an integral role in training the distance swimmers at Denver. Producing a pair of All-Americans, she also helped the Pioneers set new Summit League records in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle.
Prior to her stint at Denver, Hicken-Franklin was an assistant coach at Washington State University from 1997-2000. For the Cougars, she helped guide them to over 25 school records and their first top-30 NCAA finish in school history.
Prior to her coaching career, Hicken-Franklin was nothing short of successful in her collegiate career for the Golden Gophers from 1993-1997. A six-time Big Ten Conference champion finalist in the 200, 500 and 1650-freestyle, Hicken-Franklin was also a two-time NCAA Academic All-American honorable mention her junior and senior year.
Hicken was a finalist at the Canadian Olympic Trials in 1992 and was a Canadian National Finalist multiple times in the freestyle events.
A native of Campbellville, Ontario, Hicken-Franklin is a 1997 graduate of Minnesota with a BS in kinesiology. She also received her MS in physiology of exercise from Washington State in 2000.