James Franklin, a former head coach at Vassar College and Norwich University, and assistant coach at the University of Vermont, enters his fourth year as Saint Michael's head coach of men's soccer, ticket manager, and events supervisor in 2011-12. In his role as ticket manager and events supervisor, Franklin helps oversee and coordinate many home athletic contests, particularly in the winter and spring seasons.
In his two years as men's soccer coach, Franklin has led Saint Michael's to a 16-13-6 record, including a 9-5-3 mark in 2009.
In announcing the appointment, Director of Athletics Geri Knortz said, "We are extremely fortunate to have someone of James' experience and accomplishments join the Saint Michael's athletics department and lead our men's soccer program. He is a talented coach and a great fit for Saint Michael's College."
"I would like to thank Geri Knortz and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to lead the men's soccer program at Saint Michael's College," said Franklin. "It is a privilege to take over the program from Coach Jean, who has transformed the program into a regionally competitive team. I will work hard to continue to build on the team's recent success, and I cannot wait to get started."
Franklin, a native of Staffordshire, England, has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience. Most recently, Franklin served as an assistant coach for the UVM women's soccer program in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, helping the NCAA Division I Catamounts qualify for the America East Conference playoffs in 2006.
Prior to joining UVM, Franklin was men's soccer head coach at Norwich University from 2003-06. He rebuilt the NCAA Division III program in just three seasons, taking the Cadets from a 6-13-0 record in his first season to a 13-6-1 record in his final season at Norwich. Franklin also served as the men's tennis head coach at Norwich, and directed the university's NCAA Life Skills program.
Before arriving at Norwich, Franklin served as head coach of men's soccer and assistant athletic director for facilities at Division III Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Franklin spent two years as an assistant coach at Vassar prior to being promoted to head coach, and in 2002 was named the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (now the Liberty League) Coach of the Year after guiding the Brewers to an 11-7-0 overall record.
Franklin played collegiate soccer at nearby Champlain College, where he earned his bachelor's degree. Following his collegiate career, he stayed at Champlain to serve as an assistant coach with both the men's and women's soccer programs. Franklin has also played professionally with Crewe Alexandra in his native England, as well as with the Vermont Voltage.