Former CFL DB Stanley Franks Jr. lands coaching job with Los Angeles Chargers

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Former CFL defensive back Stanley Franks Jr. has earned a coaching position with the Los Angeles Chargers, at least for training camp.

The 37-year-old went unselected in the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Idaho and had brief stints with the Chargers and the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League before making his way north as a member of the B.C. Lions in 2009.

Franks recorded 73 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, four interceptions, and two fumble recoveries over 19 regular season games with B.C. before suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2011.

The native of Long Beach, Calif. spent three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater before joining the Lions as an assistant coach in 2017. He spent two years with the club, serving as an assistant defensive backs coach and quality control coach.

Franks has since worked as the defensive coordinator at Cabrillo College and a defensive quality control coach at Washington State University.

He received his position with Los Angeles through the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, a program designed to give coaches opportunities and experience to potentially gain a full-time NFL coaching position in the future.

The Chargers have two other CFL connections on their coaching staff with former quarterback Marcus Brady serving as their passing game coordinator and former head coach Marc Trestman serving as a senior offensive assistant coach.