At F&M, we care deeply about our alumni. We are family, and that family lasts beyond a players four years in the program. This page is dedicated to highlighting Diplomat Men’s Soccer Alumni events throughout the year.

Alumni Day – August 27th, 2016

F&M Men’s soccer would like to invite all our alumni to our new and improved alumni day. The event will include 2 matches, the current F&M soccer team and tailgating hosted by Jeff Cooper 89′ and Marty Smith 86′. Our Goal is 40 alumni. If you are older and not fit.. no worries.. we still would love to have you attend!

The Schedule is as follows:

  • 1:00 8v8 Alumni Game- players graduating before 2011. (Alumni- please arrive no later than 11:30)
  • 3:00  Current Team vs Alumni graduating after 2011.

Tailgating will start immediately after the 8v8 and will include all alumni and current players and family.


Camp Details and FAQs

*IMPORTANT:        Please bring a $125 check made payable to F&M to check-in as a security deposit for your room key and fob. This check WILL NOT be deposited and will be returned to you after you turn your key and fob back in at check-out.

What are dates and times for Residential campers?

Residential campers can check-in from 11:00-1:00 PM on Monday July 6th.  They will register at the Conference & Events Office Located at Ware College House. Check out will be July 8th at 5:00 PM.  Please note that the first meal served at camp on the 6th will be dinner.  Please eat lu nch prior to check-in.

What can I expect from this camp other than being evaluated/coached?

There will be many opportunities throughout the four days to speak with both the coaching staff and current players regarding the F&M Men’s Soccer Team. We encourage you to ask questions and spend time getting to know everyone involved in the program. Our goal is for you to walk out of camp with a very good idea of what F&M has to offer.

Is there specific Goalkeeper Training?

Yes. Our goalkeeper coach, Jeremey Kirchner, will be training keepers on each of the first three days of camp. Goalkeepers will also be part of training sessions, competitive training games, and of course match play.

How do I get to campus?

You can find directions to campus by (clicking here):   When you arrive on campus, go directly to the The Conference and Events Office, located  at  Ware  College  House. Park behind North Ben/Weis , walk to front of building, check in and walk to Schnader Hall. An Excellent map can be found by (clicking here) which shows all of F&M’s buildings.

Where will I stay during camp?

Everyone attending the camp will stay on the Franklin & Marshall campus in college residence halls.  Campers will eat on campus in the Dining Hall.

What if I have a food allergy or another health concern?

F&M award winning dining service is excellent with providing food options for athletes with food allergies. (click here for more)  Please indicate any food allergies or other health concerns on the “Special Needs” form attached to the email sent to you. You can bring this form with you at registration.

What should I bring to camp?

For Soccer

Gear including shin guards, indoor/outdoor soccer boots, practice gear for rain & shine, sun block, water bottle.

*We will have additional water at each field as well as a first-aid kit.

For Dormitory

Bed linens (twin size), blankets & pillows, hygiene products (ie. Soap, toothbrush, etc), bath towels, casual clothes, any Medications for Bee-stings/allergic reactions

For Spending Money

Campers may want extra spending money for snacks and pizza at the camp store.  ALSO, LOST MEAL CARDS OR ROOM KEYS must be replaced at campers cost.

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2015 Professional Development Day

Overview of the Day

Every year, the F&M soccer team comes together for one day to think exclusively about their future career pathways. It is an exciting day where the F&M soccer staff connects the team with respected business leaders whom impart their wisdom and expertise.  This year our guest speaker list includes Michael Rhodes, Beth Throne, Scott Malfitano, and Aaron Jacobs. The schedule includes a mixture of lectures, interviews and interactive group sessions all geared towards getting our players further, faster in the job market.

March 28 2015 Schedule @ Joseph International House

  • 9:45-10:00 People arrive, meet and greet.
  • 10:00-10:15  Coach Wagner Introduction including the release of the “Billy video”
  • 10:15 Keynote Speaker Michael Rhodes
  • 11:00 Breakout Sessions by class
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:30 Panel Discussions


Biographies of Guest Speakers

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Before joining TD Bank Group, Michael Rhodes held a variety of roles within the payments and banking sector.  Most recently, Michael was the Chief Executive Officer of a multi‐hundred million dollar buyout fund.  Previously, Michael served as the CEO of MBNA Europe Bank Limited (EBL) where he expanded the business into the largest card issuer in Europe, and doubled profits.  With $30 billion in assets, MBNA EBL operated in three countries (U.K., Ireland, and Spain) and employed 5,000 people.  MBNA EBL’s products included credit card, unsecured personal loans, deposits, business loans, mortgage brokering, and insurance premium financing.

Michael has also held positions as Managing Director of Bank of America’s U.S. Card business, and Vice‐Chairman and Chief Marketing Officer of MBNA America Bank.  Michael drove MBNA’s affinity and partner marketing strategies that were key to its leading market‐share and revenue growth.  Other roles at MBNA include directing the corporate M&A function, where Michael facilitated more than $5 billion in acquisitions and evaluated tens of billions of dollars in opportunities for asset and company purchase or divestiture.  His experience with MBNA included providing oversight to the $5 billion Canadian credit card business and managing technology, call centers, underwriting, and credit / collections functions.

Michael began his career with MBNA after earning his MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.  He also holds an engineering degree from Duke University and worked for the world’s leading forensic engineer firm for several years before transitioning to financial services.

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At Franklin & Marshall (F&M), Beth oversees the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, which prepares students to launch into their lives and career beyond college and supports them in the years which follow by: (1) helping them explore and clarify potential career pathways; (2) exposing them to extraordinary opportunities; (3) preparing them to compete for the opportunities they seek; and (4) helping them sustain trajectories of success well after graduation.

Prior to returning to F&M, her alma mater, Beth practiced law for several years with Fox Rothschild LLP, handling commercial, employment and construction litigation matters.

Beth’s legal career was preceded by a career in the staffing industry. After she graduated from F&M, Beth worked for Randstad North America, an international personnel placement firm, where she worked her way up from the role of recruiter to the position of Market Recruiting Manager. While at Randstad, Beth taught career-skills and job-training seminars for workforce development programs, created a training division that provided employment counseling to people looking to make career transitions, and trained the company’s Pennsylvania staff on candidate recruitment, placement and retention practices.

Beth received her B.A. in Psychology/Spanish, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from F&M in 1995. She subsequently received her J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2004.

Scott MalfitanoScott Malfitano

Scott Malfitano is Vice President of Corporation Service Company which is the nation’s largest compliance, document retrieval and corporate service companies. For the past several years he has been responsible for working with companies CSC has acquired, helping acclimate them into the CSC business and service culture. He currently works with 3,600 County Clerk and Recorder offices throughout the country helping them become paperless in their business processes. He launched CSC’s Business License and permit compliance business, managed their international division and introduced one of CSC’s middle market divisions serving financial professionals and CPA’s.

Malfitano serves on the executive committee and as member of the board of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He volunteers for several community-based programs in Delaware. He earned a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in political science from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA., in 1984.

Breakout Session Themes Per Class

Freshman Class and Sophomore Class

What Will Be Your F&M Story: Building an Acumen that Will Secure Your Future Now

From major declaration to varsity sports involvement, and professional connections to internship experience, the acumen you build beginning in your first year can affect whether and how you land a job or secure admission to a professional or graduate school program before graduation.  This session for first year and sophomore students will cover what you can do now to secure your future. 

Junior Class

Discussion led by Scott Malfitano. The theme of these conversations is “How do you think your skills translate to the real world? What skills do I have and how do they relate to the business world/field I want to be in?”. The focus areas for this group include: Resume Building, LinkedIn Profiles, Facebook Profiles, networking with a purpose, starting a relationship with an alum/contact and more importantly how to SUSTAIN that relationship.

Senior Class   

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