Franklin Chatman is entering his second season as Head Men's Basketball Coach at Stratford University. Chatman comes to the Cardinals after spending 7 seasons as the head men's coach at the Newport News Apprentice School. While at Apprentice, Coach Chatman led his team to 3 straight USCAA National Championship Tournament appearances and coached a number of USCAA All-Americans. Chatman began coaching Suffolk's Nansemond River High School in the 1999-2000 season. During his five years at Nansemond River, he was named Eastern Region Coach of the Year for the 2001-02 season, was a two-time Southeastern District Coach of the Year winner and won Suffolk Coach of the Year honors four straight years. Several of his former players went onto various levels of post-secondary education including Virginia Commonwealth University, U.S. Naval Academy, Elizabeth City State University, Hampton University, and Norfolk State University. After Nansemond River, Coach Chatman was named Head Coach at Nansemond Suffolk Academy where he spent two years before being hired at the Apprentice School. While at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, his teams participated in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools and played a schedule loaded with regional power private schools. Two of his former players have gone onto NCAA Division I athletics at Marshall and South Carolina.
Chatman is a 1994 graduate of Virginia State University with a bachelor’s degree in business education. While at Virginia State he played three years for the men’s basketball team. His teams made the CIAA Tournament final once and lost in the semifinals once during his playing days. He earned a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Old Dominion University in 2003.