Dover, Del. (June 27, 2019) --- A veteran coach with a record of successfully turning around programs has been selected to lead the Delaware State softball team.
DSU Director of Athletics Dr. D. Scott Gines has announced the appointment of Jeffrey S. Franquet (pronounced Frank-ee) as the new head coach of the Hornets’ softball program.
Franquet has 14 years of collegiate head coach experience, highlighted by a historic four-year run at Central Connecticut University of the Div. I Northeast Conference, where he is the school’s all-time leader with 115 wins.
After inheriting a team that posted nine wins the previous season in 2009, he led the Blue Devils to school record totals in each of the next four years.
In his first season at CCSU in 2010, Franquet’s squad tallied a school-record 19 wins. The Blue Devils also set team records with 29 and 31 wins, respectively, the next two years.
In 2013, Franquet’s squad again made history by posting 36 wins, in addition to capturing the team’s first-ever Northeast Conference title and NCAA Tournament berth.
During the NCAA Tournament appearance, the Blue Devils put up a good fight before falling to nationally-ranked LSU 3-2 in the opening game. Central Connecticut bounced back to defeat Northwestern State 9-1 to record the team’s first NCAA Tournament victory, but fell again to LSU to end the historic season.
From 2007-to-2009, Franquet served as the first full-time softball head coach at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J.
His tenure there was highlighted by three consecutive conference championships, three NCAA Div. II Tournament berths and a NCAA Super Regional appearance.
In addition, three Georgian Court players earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America recognition during Franquet’s tenure.
His resume’ also includes a three-year stint as the inaugural head coach at Div. I Jacksonville (Fla.) University from 2003-to-2005. He led the team to an Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament berth in its third season.
From 2000-to-2002, Franquet was head coach at Central Florida Community College, where he transformed a four-win team into a junior college powerhouse. He built the program into a 40-game winner and first time state tournament participant, in addition to coaching two junior college All-Americas and two conference players-of-the-year.
“I am pleased to welcome Jeff Franquet and his family to Hornet Athletics,” said Gines. “We conducted an experienced, deep search, and Jeff rose to the surface as a great fit for DSU Softball.”
Gines added, “Jeff brings a head coaching pedigree of player, team and program development to Delaware State. He built the Jacksonville University softball program from inception; led Georgian Court University to three consecutive conference titles and first-ever NCAA post-season appearances; and, he is Central Connecticut’s all-time winner in softball.”
Gines is confident Franquet has the right approach to return Delaware State to softball glory.
“Jeff’s teams are characterized by command and consistency in the circle; situational hitters who know how to create the big inning; and a defense that plays catch and denies the big inning. Coach Franquet is a high-energy teacher-coach who brings great passion to his player development and recruiting, ” said the Hornet AD.
Prior to his coaching career, Franquet was a standout international men’s fast pitch softball player in the United States and New Zealand.
“I’m grateful to Dr. Gines and the Delaware State administration for the opportunity to head the Hornets’ softball team,” said Franquet. “I’m excited about the direction of the athletics department and the future of our program. DSU has a proud softball tradition and this is a perfect situation for me and my family. I can’t wait to work with everyone to help make our softball program the best that it can be."
A 1992 graduate of Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, he and wife Nicole Kimberli have two children, Madison (16) and Rawlings (9).
Franquet replaces Amber Jackson as Delaware State’s head softball coach. Jackson resigned after five seasons with the Hornets to serve as a teacher in Africa.
Franquet will officially begin his duties at Delaware State on July 8.