Stephanie Dragan | Head Coach | Women’s Volleyball | Franklin Pierce University

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

We are looking for athletic student athletes that have volleyball knowledge. We will only take hard working fit athletes that have the internal motivation to get better on a daily basis. She must be able to make decisions, be coachable and a team player.

Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

I cannot name a former Franklin Pierce player because this is the end of my 2nd season and have not graduated any of my own players. As for a current players, I have a freshman that I recruited as a Libero. She came from such a strong volleyball background (Midwest) and could have challenged the senior for her starting position. Instead, she was needed as an Outside. Being very under-sized, she embraced this role and did all she could for the team. Most coaches served her early (freshman OH in receive) and soon learned that she was not the way to break us. Her dedication to the sport and her fitness level is incredible. I am amazed how this freshman has handled the pressure from me, the opponents, and herself to exceed on the court.