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:
From 2003 to 2004 F&M improved from 3-9-3 to 11-5-3. This improvement is the 2nd greatest by any Centennial program. From that point forward, we have not looked back.
No season is complete without our annual banquet. We wait until the second semester to allow time for reflection. Our seniors deliver 10-20 minute speeches focused on lessons learned from their careers. These speeches speak volumes about what we value at F&M. Please goto our speech repository to see the heart and soul of F&M Soccer.
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.
Upcoming Recruiting Tournaments
Next, we strongly recommend you get to campus to participate in one of our clinics, our camp or even both. Nearly our entire current F&M soccer roster attended at least one camp or clinic through the recruiting process .
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From Chris’s passing to now, the term “Soccer Africa Project” is rarely used and has been replaced by “CTC Ten” (Chris’s initials and F&M jersey number).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 assistance to F&M Men’s Soccer players and is a subset of The Office of Student and Post Graduate Development (OSPGD) at Franklin & Marshall College.
The PDP has been in full affect since 2012 and has resulted in an explosion of internship and job opportunities for our players. In fact, 100% of our class of 2013 & 2014 were employed upon graduation.
The PDP exists to:
The Program has evolved over the years. It started as a one to one mentoring program between current players and alumni. After 3 years of running the mentoring program, we felt the mentoring program was good but that it needed to evolve. It was working for some players but other alumni and mentors struggled to connect as they had little to talk about.
This created PDP 2.0. We have now done a painstaking alignment of our PDP program, OSPGD programing and the Peer Advising Leadership (PAL) mentoring program. The new PDP expands our internal small group program and includes our alumni structure. Please see the diagram for more.