F&M Soccer is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 programs out of over 400 in DIII Men’s Soccer. Consider the following:
If you are a prospective athlete interested in F&M Soccer, you have come to the right place. This is the best way to connect with the F&M Men’s Soccer Program and coaching staff. To be recruited by F&M, you must first fill in the F&M Soccer recruiting form that can be found by Clicking Here.
Next, we strongly recommend you get to campus to participate in one our clinics, our camp or even both. 92% of all players on the current F&M soccer roster attended at least one camp or clinic at F&M.
In March of 2007, Men’s Soccer Coach Dan Wagner launched the F&M Soccer Africa Project. The goal was to connect Franklin & Marshall College with the people of Site B Khayelitsha in an effort to develop both communities.
Six months later, a tragedy occurred which changed the course of the project forever. Star F&M Soccer player Chris Campbell 08′ passed away the day before his senior season. This crushed both the F&M community as well as Friends Central in Philadelphia where Campbell had attended and was a popular athlete. Through the efforts of Chris’s family, both the F&M and Philadelphia communities came together to form the CTC Ten Foundation, dedicated to serving the people of Site B Khayelitsha through Sports for Development efforts.
From Chris’s passing to now, the term “Soccer Africa Project” is rarely used and has been replaced by “CTC Ten” (Chris’s initials and F&M jersey number).
After endless fund raising efforts in 07/08, Wagner led his soccer team to Khayelitsha in March 2008. With a delegation of 52, the soccer team played soccer matches in the Cape Town region, ran soccer camps in conjunction with Grassroots Soccer, and announced the construction of Chris Campbell Memorial Field. 4 months later, Ryan McGonigle (F&M 08′) returned to the field to serve the community and oversee operations at the Campbell Field. He stayed three years.
Since then, F&M’s relationship with Khayelitsha has grown exponentially through Campbell Field. F&M men’s soccer visit Cape Town every three years, spending time at Campbell Field and also playing soccer matches with local professional teams.
Founded by Chis Walters 08′ and Aaron Jacobs 01′, The Professional Development Program (PDP) was created to provide career assistant to F&M Men’s Soccer players. The PDP has been in full affect for just over a year and has resulted in an explosion of internship and job opportunities for our players. In fact, 100% of our class of 2013 were employed upon graduation.
The PDP exists to:
The program has two tiers. The first is a professional development mentoring program connecting current players with young alumni. The mentors provide career advice on building & maintaining resumes, obtaining internships, networking strategies, and other career drivers that match the interests of the current player. The second tier includes parents and alumni who are established in their professions. They are encouraged to be as involved with the development of current players as they wish, but at the very least, be willing to “pick up the phone” when anyone from F&M soccer calls. The established group serves as a support network to provide contacts and place the current players a step closer to career opportunities with a focus on internships and interview opportunities.