Nick Franco

Head Coach
Phone: 954-629-0593

Nick Franco played his high school ball at Coral Springs High School under Frank Bumbales from 1994-1997.  He then went on to play at Palm Beach State under Craig Gero from 1997-1999. While at Palm Beach State they were Conference Champs in 1999 but fell to State College of Florida-Manatee in the State Championship game. He holds the single game record for RBI's with 11. Franco was also named to the All-Tournament Team after posting a .550 BA during the Tournament. After PB State, Franco played for Pete Dunn at Stetson University from 1999-2001. He was a part of two NCAA Regional appearances in 2000 and 2001, but lost on Championship day both years coming out of the losers bracket. After playing collegiality, Franco started his coaching career going back to Palm Beach State as an assistant coach during the 2002 spring season. After that year, Franco was hired to teach at Santaluces High School where he has been ever since. Franco was Larry Greenstein's assistant coach from 2002-2004. After Larry Greenstein started up the Park Vista High School Program, Franco was fortunate enough to take over the Head Coach job at Santaluces at age 24 in the 2004-2005 school year.  He will be going into his 12th season as Head Coach at Santaluces and holds a career 168-153 W/L record. Franco has also coached summer ball throughout my coaching career at multiple levels. From 2002-2004, he was the Assistant Head Coach for Palm Beach Post 12 in American Legion Baseball. After taking a few summers off from coaching, he got back into it in 2010 as Assistant Head Coach for a Showcase/Tournament Team sponsored by Benik Baseball, an indoor baseball facility located in Boynton Beach. He then got back into American Legion, coaching Boynton Beach Post 164 in the summer of 2012. After taking another summer off, Franco was an assistant coach for the West Palm Beach Eagles in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League where they were fortunate enough to win the league championship in 2014.

Coach Franco is excited to be back coaching in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League again after his previous experience in the league.  Coach Franco believes his personal playing and coaching experience will help develop Buccaneer players to the best of their abilities.