Dolphins Name Jeff Franquet New Softball Coach

Oct. 29, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jeff Franquet has been named head softball coach at Jacksonville University, Athletic Director Hugh Durham announced today. Franquet, who comes to JU after a successful two-year stint at Central Florida Community College, will resurrect the Dolphin program which stopped competing in slow pitch in the mid-1980s. The Dolphins will begin play in the Atlantic Sun Conference in fast pitch softball in the 2002-03 academic year.

During his stay at CFCC, Franquet compiled an 87-36 record, broke 104 school records and led his teams to back-to-back FCCAA State Championship appearances, the first teams in school history to make it all the way to the title game. He also coached CFCC's first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association All-American, eight Academic All-Americans, three All-South Region players, landed one player on the NJCAA National Team and coached Florida's Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year.

Franquet has also coached the Yuengling Patriots Class A Team since 1997. Last season, the team won the ASA National Championship. His teams have qualified for the national championship every year, and he coached 12 players to ASA All-American accolades. Prior to his stint with CFCC and Yuengling, he was the head coach at Freedom High School.

Franquet has played fast-pitch softball for 21 years, including four years on the professional level. He has played in two World Championships, nine National Championships, 15 Regional Championships and 17 State Championships. He is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and has umpited in the NSA, ASA and NCAA for ten years.

Franquet is a 33-year old Lewisburg, Penn., native and a 1992 graduate of Mansfield University.