Melissa Franko
Melissa  Franko

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Vincentian Academy

Position:
Director of Basketball Operations

Alma Mater:
Duquesne '95



03/09/2016

@DuqWBB Selection Show Watch Party

Women's Basketball Selection Show Watch Party Information

10/21/2015

@DuqWBB to Host Dukes, Donuts and Dunks on Sunday

Fans encouraged to watch women's basketball practice and enjoy continental breakfast

08/05/2015

Women’s Basketball Names Melissa Franko Director of Basketball Operations

Duquesne alum served as graduate assistant last season

02/07/2015

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Duquesne graduate Melissa Franko was named director of basketball operations in August 2015 after serving one season on the Dukes' staff as a graduate assistant while earning her MBA.

Franko has over 20 years experience in marketing, event planning, fundraising, media and event production industries. She has helmed her own consulting firm since 2008 where she guides and supports arts, medical and community non-profits (including current clients Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Global Links and most recently, first-time events EverPower Earth Day Festival and Picklesburgh) and handles publicity efforts and website management for several performing artists.

The scope of her work has fostered trustworthy relationships with countless Pittsburgh sports celebrities past and present including Franco Harris, Charlie Batch, Bob Friend and Phil Bourque in Pittsburgh Opera's rendition of AIDA.

Additionally, she has also lent her hand to efforts such as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert at Madison Square Garden in 2012 (raising over $70 million worldwide), serves on the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania's State Board of Directors, and is widely regarded as one the top networkers in Pittsburgh.

Her duties for the team will encompass the Sidelines Coaches Program, volunteer and team building activities, social media marketing, promotional initiatives, player internships and job placement, and player alumni Interaction.

Prior to starting her own business, Melissa spent five years as the Marketing Director of WYEP, one of the top National Public Radio Triple-A Music stations in the country. She began her career as a Marketing Coordinator in the tradeshow industry, working on some of the largest conventions in the US.

As a student at Duquesne, she received the prestigious Senior Award for her many contributions to the school including serving as Commuter Council Vice-President, Orientation Publications Chair and being member of the Student Advisory Committee. Franko was also on the 1993 Duquesne Homecoming Court.

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