Medaille College Names Franklin as Inaugural Head Coach of Field Hockey

Feb. 13, 2020, 1 p.m. (ET)
Content Courtesy of Medaille College Athletics

BUFFALO, NY - February 13, 2020 – Medaille Director of Athletics Susan Roarke has announced the hiring of Jessica Franklin as the inaugural head coach of the women's field hockey team.
"We are excited to announce that Jessica Franklin will be leading our women's field hockey team as the first head coach in the program's history," said Roarke. "Jessica brings with her a tremendous coaching background as both a head and assistant coach at the collegiate level. She possesses a strong commitment to developing student-athletes and the desire to build a tradition of excellence with the new program."
Franklin is a Utica College alumnus who comes to Medaille with an extensive background in the sport of field hockey, most recently with Elmira College as a head coach. Prior to her tenure at Elmira, Franklin was an assistant coach at multiple colleges throughout the northeast.

"I was extremely excited to be offered this position. Being able to start a brand new program back in Buffalo is such a great opportunity," said Franklin.

Franklin was also a coach for the All-American Field Hockey Camps during the summer of 2017. There, she worked and developed high-school players while also working with coaches to create practice plans and ways to improve their teams. "Through the All-American Camps, I was able to really implement my type of coaching for the first time," said Franklin.

Franklin knew Medaille as a small liberal arts college in Buffalo, but was drawn to the institution due to the priority of putting the students first and the constant expansion and growing of athletics and the college as a whole.

Her collegiate coaching career began in August 2014 where she joined SUNY Oswego as an assistant coach. She stayed with the program until the end of the 2016 school year where she would then head to Oberlin College as an assistant until May 2017. Following her time at Oberlin, she would add two more colleges to her resume as an assistant at Morrisville State College and Limestone College before accepting the position of head coach at Elmira College.

"I've learned a lot at my previous positions, I think the most important thing that I have learned is to constantly ask questions and never stop learning," addedFranklin. "Coaching is all about thinking on your feet, and being comfortable with being uncomfortable, and the wide array of schools that I have had the opportunity to coach at has taught me the different difficulties that may be thrown your way and how to handle those situations in different ways."

Franklin expects her team to be hardworking on and off the field; able to handle any situation given to her players and takes pride in prioritizing academics and developing student-athletes into well-rounded individuals.

Franklin was a four year student-athlete at Utica College where she saw success on and off the field. Franklin was a part of a Pioneer team that won two Empire-8 Championships during her time with the program. Franklin also took two trips to the NCAA Tournament where the team cracked the Sweet Sixteen each trip. "I had the wonderful opportunity to play with a team that was so hard-working that we worked our way up the national rankings. Through our coach, we understood that it wasn't given to us. I bring that same mindset to my coaching style, you can have all the talent but someone can still out hustle you," she said.

The women's field hockey team will begin varsity level play in 2021, but will begin to build and develop their team starting this fall. "The field hockey team will add tremendously to the strength and culture of our athletic department in addition to the overall Medaille community. We are looking forward to providing an opportunity for high school field hockey players in Western New York, in addition to other regions, to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level," said Roarke.

Franklin will officially start as the head coach for the Medaille women's field hockey team on March 2.