The book

Chumps to Champs

From Chumps to Champs

From Chumps to Champs is the inspiring story of a first black male coach to lead Tallahassee Community College to an NJCAA National Championship. Franqua “Q” Bedell takes you on this amazing journey from year one through year five and tells his story of building a women’s basketball program that had not had much success in the last ten years.

Franqua shares his viewpoint of how black men are viewed in today’s game and how he has overcome numerous obstacles of being a black male in this business.

As a former player of Coach Q’s, this book provided an intriguing inside view of what it took to build a very successful program from something to nothing. I loved being able to read this from his point of view and see the entire blueprint of success. He told us he would win a national championship and this book shows you how he made it happen. He is the best coach, mentor and person I know.

— Karley Barnes

As Coach Q’s wife, I have watched this five-year process and have been amazed at what he has done in person and even more inspired by the book and his viewpoint as he relives the story. I have a better appreciation of all that has happened from reading the book. If you are building a business, team, and/or a basketball team, this story will guide and inspire you.

— Crystal Ness

The author

Franqua Bedell


Franqua Bedell, known to many as “Coach Q,” has a distinguished career as a coach, speaker, trainer, and author. The active Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Tallahassee Community College won the 2018 NJCAA Women’s Division I National Basketball Championship, and was named the 2018 Spaulding National Coach of the Year.

Coach Q started Off the Bench Consulting in 2014 and Hoops U Elite Skill Development training in 2013 after spending the last 20 plus years coaching and public speaking.

Off The Bench Consulting focuses on developing youth, college, and corporate leaders, utilizing effective team communication and group structure. Coach Q emphasizes the importance of forging a relationship and equipping your team with the proper attitude to develop leaders from within.

This program is designed to help individuals work through goal setting and communication exercises that will bring cohesiveness to your group. These tactics will ultimately increase productivity due to the positive influences each member will have on the group as a whole.

Thank you! We have been greatly enhanced because of Coach Q’s appearance. The presentation you gave was simply amazing and thoroughly captivating with just the right balance of humor. The challenge he gave to our young men was something we greatly appreciate.

— Tremaine Hughes City of Tallahassee Equity and Workforce Development

Coach Q’s presentation was uplifting, entertaining and enlightening. What a refreshing topic and one that should be shared with all! He presented himself in a manner that was both humorous and engaging, while still getting his message across to the entire audience.

— Kendra A. Moore