Dover, Del. - Delaware State University Director of Athletics Dr. D. Scott Gines has announced the appointment of Jeffrey S. Franquet as the new head coach of the Hornets’ softball program.
“I am pleased to welcome Jeff Franquet and his family to Hornet Athletics,” said Gines. “We conducted an experienced, deep search, and Jeff rose to the surface as a great fit for DSU Softball.”
Franquet has 14 years of collegiate head coach experience, highlighted by a historic four-year run at Central Connecticut University of the Div. I Northeast Conference, where he is the school’s all-time leader with 115 wins.
After inheriting a team that posted nine wins the previous season in 2009, he led the Blue Devils to school record totals in each of the next four years.
In his first season at CCSU in 2010, Franquet’s squad tallied a school-record 19 wins. The Blue Devils also set team records with 29 and 31 wins, respectively, the next two years.
In 2013, Franquet’s squad again made history by posting 36 wins, in addition to capturing the team’s first-ever Northeast Conference title and NCAA Tournament berth.
During the NCAA Tournament appearance, the Blue Devils put up a good fight before falling to nationally-ranked LSU 3-2 in the opening game. Central Connecticut bounced back to defeat Northwestern State 9-1 to record the team’s first NCAA Tournament victory, but fell again to LSU to end the historic season.
Franquet replaces Amber Jackson as Delaware State’s head softball coach. Jackson resigned after five seasons with the Hornets to serve as a teacher in Africa.
Franquet will officially begin his duties at Delaware State on July 8.