Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
Our initial assessment deals with the individual at the playing level. The three things that we look for when evaluating a recruit are simply their level of technique, their work rate, and their willingness to get in on a tackle, what we call bite. If they meet the necessary criteria, then we try to have them to campus for a visit where we assess the cognitive abilities and whether they would be a good fit at Franklin and within our program. Our admissions standards sort out the rest.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
A current freshman who has quickly exceeded expectations. She was heavily recruited, but we didn’t know to what extent she would contribute. She came in right away and her toughness and work rate set her apart. She played the final few matches with a partially torn meniscus in her knee and as a Freshman was voted captain by the players and approved by the coaching staff. She played as a centerback for us as a Freshman, became a leader, and rarely exited a match.