|Title:||Head Softball Coach|
Jeff Franquet enters his fourth year at the helm of the Central Connecticut softball program. In his third season with the Blue Devils, Franquet guided the team to a program record 31 wins, surpassing the record his team set in his second season at Central by two. It marked a 12 win improvement over his first season when he helped the team win 19 games.
Franquet boasts a 79-72-1 record over his three seasons in New Britain. He has posted a 349-273-1 record in his 13 years of coaching collegiate softball. He also boasts a 267-236-1 record in 10 seasons coaching softball at the NCAA Division I and II levels.
The 2012 Blue Devil softball team set a new school record for wins with a 31-19 season. This win total surpassed the 29-22-1 record set by the 2011 squad. The 2012 team was led by Rebecca Mussatti, who was named First Team All-NEC. Mussatti led the NEC in triples (6) and in stolen bases (14). She was joined on the All-Conference team by Nicole Springer and Laura Messina, who each earned second-team nods. Springer led the conference in RBI (45) and Messina broke numerous Blue Devil single-season records including most appearances (35), most innings pitched (219.2), most wins (22) and most strikeouts (207). In just one season as a Blue Devil, Messina broke into the career records as well, ranking third in both shutouts (7) and strikeouts.
The 2011 squad featured second team All-NEC selection Bruno who, as a freshman, led the conference in hits during the regular season. The team also earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Academic Team honors for the second straight season.
The Blue Devils offense also improved as the team's batting average jumped .59 to .271 in 2010, and again to .293 in 2012. The Blue Devils also experienced success in the classroom during the 2009-10 academic year. The softball team was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a Division I All-Academic Team.
In 2010, under Franquet's guidance three Blue Devils earned All-NEC honors. Becca Mussatti was a first team selection, while Kat Knowles and Sara Budrick were selected to the second team. Budrick was also named the NEC's most improved player.
Franquet has compiled a career NCAA collegiate record of 267-236-1 over nine seasons at Central Connecticut, Jacksonville University (FL), and Georgian Court University (NJ).
While at Georgian Court, Franquet recorded a 108-57 record. Franquet led the Lions to two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championships (2007, 2009) and made appearances in the past three NCAA Regional Championships. In 2009, after leading his team to an NCAA East Two Regional Championship and coming within one victory of the NCAA Division II Women's College World Series, Franquet's Georgian Court squads have finished ranked in the top 25 twice, most recently finishing the 2009 season ranked 13th in the nation. Along with his coaching staff, Franquet earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for their efforts during the 2009 season.
Many of Franquet's student athletes have earned individual honors as well, including NFCA All-American, 2007 CACC Player of the Year, 2008 CACC Pitcher of the Year, three NFCA All-Region players, as well as 11 CACC All-Conference players, and 27 NFCA All-Academic and CACC All-Academic representatives. Franquet also founded the Lions' annual "Go to Bat for Breast Cancer" softball tournament, to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Before Georgian Court, Franquet spent time as the head coach at Jacksonville University (2001-2005). He developed the program from the ground up, recruiting the inaugural class. He also had stints at Central Florida Community College (1999-2001) and Freedom High School (1997-1999). Franquet also coached the Yuengling Patriots Women's Class A softball team and won the Amateur Softball Association National Championship in 2001. In 2009 and 2010, he was head coach of the Philadelphia Force, a member of the NPF (National Pro Fastpitch).
Franquet received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Mansfield University in 1992. Aside from his coaching background, Franquet earned many accolades on the diamond as a player. Throughout his 21-year softball career, which includes four years playing professionally, Franquet earned 16 MVP Honors, played on two world championship teams, won nine national championships, 15 regional titles and 17 state championships.
A native of Lewisburg, PA, Franquet resides in Newington, CT and has two children, a daughter named Madison and a son named Rawlings.