LACNASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's head football coach, John Troxell, traded four losses from last season for four wins this season. Leading an extraordinarily young group of Diplomats to an 8-2 record brought F&M's mentor a postseason bid on Sunday. On Monday, it brought him Centennial Conference Coach of the Year honors.
The league's head coaches vote for the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year Award.
"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by
your peers particularly in a conference with so many accomplished
coaches," said Troxell. "The honor is a testament to the players
who are asked to execute on the field and my staff that
works tirelessly to get the players ready. I am grateful for
their hard work."
Troxell turned last year's 4-6 record into an 8-2 season with one of the youngest and least voluminous rosters in the Centennial. This season has been a breakthrough for the fourth-year coach. The Diplomats went 3-7 in Troxell's first campaign and 4-6 in each of his past two seasons. F&M's 2009 record included a perfect mark outside of the Centennial Conference, and a 6-2 mark within the league. One of the two losses came on a field goal as time expired.
The 8-2 mark has propelled the Diplomats into the postseason as F&M is set to host Wilkes University in the ECAC South Atlan