Kim Francis enters her 2nd season as assistant coach for Garden City Community College. During her 1st season, she coached 9 Top 8 finishers at the 2019 NJCAA National Championships. 90% of the roster ran their lifetime best and/or hit their best marks. 80% of the roster hit National Qualifying marks. She coached one male 400 meter runner to drop 7 seconds off of his previous mark; making him a 1st time NJCAA Nationals Qualifier. She coached a female 100 meter hurdler to drop 3 seconds off of her previous mark; making her a National’s Finalist. Six athletes off of last year’s roster signed on to College/Universities to continue their talents.
Prior to Garden City, Kim was a Mental Health Professional in Lafayette, La for one year. Prior to counseling; she trained and competed professionally for three year as an Adidas endorsed athlete.
Kim Francis also hosts weekly training camps for the youth and did voluntarily conditioning at Lafayette Christian Academy in her hometown. She holds Annual Youth Track Camps there every spring. With the help from a very experienced and knowledgeable staff, each of her campers receive combinations of drills, demonstrations and training theories to enhance their performances. Her past 2nd Annual hosted over seventy kids; her goal is to host over 100 local children each year to get them back to the desire of competing in sports & its’ benefits.
While competing professionally, Kim Francis received a bronze while competing in Saskatchewan, Canada in 2015, and a silver while competing in Sint. Maarten in 2015.
Kim Francis competed collegiately at Louisiana Tech University where she received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Sociology in 2014. She also received her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University in 2016, where she also did one year of Graduate Assisting.
While competing at Louisiana Tech, Kimberly was a six-time WAC champion, & she received All-American Honors. She set the school record in the 100m. Hurdles and became the first LA Tech hurdler to run a sub-13.00 hurdles race as she won gold with a time of 12.95. She broke the school record in the 60m. Hurdles in 2013, and re-broke it in 2014 with a time of 8.23. She helped lead her team to two conference championships her freshman year. She received Conference USA Athlete of the Week and All- Conference USA honors in 2014. She was a NCAA Qualifier all four years, and competed at the Outdoor National Championship for three consecutive years.
A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Kim ran for Northside High School where she was an 11-time state champion. She was named the 2009 Louisiana Gatorade Athlete of the Year. She was also Wendy’s High School Heisman recipient in 2010. She garnered all-state titles all four years of high school, and was named the 2009 and 2010 Louisiana Most Outstanding Athlete. She set the Louisiana 4A state record in the 100m. Hurdles in 2010, in which she still currently holds. She set the Louisiana composite record in the 300m. Hurdles with a time of 43.05 and helped lead her high school team to three outdoor state championships and two indoor state championships. She was Class President at her high school in 2009.
She is the mother to Aubrey Barnes (3).