Troxell Named Head Football Coach
April 10, 2006
LANCASTER, PA - Franklin & Marshall College has named John Troxell, Lafayette College running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, its 39th head football coach. The announcement was made by Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics Tim Downes.
Troxell replaces Shawn Halloran who accepted the position of offensive coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania on February 17.
"John has a tremendous football background and a familiarity with strong academic environments that will benefit our program and our College community," noted Downes. "More importantly, however, he maintains a set of values that are well aligned with the direction of our department. A knowledgeable coach and an engaging leader, with John's prior experience at Lafayette I am expecting a very smooth transition for him into the Franklin & Marshall community."
Troxell, 33, takes the reins of the Diplomat squad following five seasons (2001-2005) as an assistant coach at Lafayette during which he served as video coordinator, running backs coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coach for the 2004 and 2005 Patriot League champion Leopards.
"I am excited to be a part of the Franklin & Marshall football family," stated Troxell. "There will be many challenges that come with being the head coach, but the ultimate goal is to make sure that all of our players have the greatest experiences of their lives on and off the field."
During his tenure, he mentored 2004 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Joe McCourt '05 to a record-setting career. Under Troxell's tutelage, McCourt, the 2001 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, concluded his career as Lafayette's and the Patriot League's all-time leader with 50 rushing touchdowns, and second on the school's all-time rushing list with 4,474 yards while earning All-America honors in 2002 and 2004.
Named the Leopards' recruiting coordinator prior to the 2003 season, Troxell landed 24 freshmen for the 2005 season, including 10 who were all-state players.
He joined the Lafayette staff after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Muhlenberg College from 1997-2000. He served as special teams coordinator (1997-99), quarterbacks and wide receivers coach (1997-2000) and offensive coordinator (2000) at Muhlenberg as the Mules went from a 1-9 season in 1997 to the Eastern College Athletic Conference title with a record of 9-2 in 2000.
In 2000, his offense ranked 22nd in Division III and led the Centennial Conference in total offense (427.8 yards per game) while averaging 31.0 points per game.
In his first three seasons at Muhlenberg, Troxell coordinated the Mules' special teams. Under his guidance, Muhlenberg led Division III in kickoff returns. Josh Carter, Lafayette's offensive assistant in 2004, was the Football Gazette specialist of the year under Troxell's tutelage. He also coached the quarterbacks and receivers all four seasons, including Muhlenberg's all-time leading passer and Carter, the program's first Centennial Conference player of the year.
Troxell joined the Muhlenberg staff after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at Columbia University. He assisted with the Lions' defensive backs from 1994-96, helping them record the third-best pass defense in Division I-AA in 1996. The assistant recruiting coordinator his final two seasons at Columbia, he was elevated to running backs coach in the spring of 1997.
A 1994 Lafayette graduate with a B.A. in government and law, Troxell was the starting free safety on the Leopards' 1992 Patriot League championship team and received the program's Unsung Hero Award as a senior. He went on to earn an M.A. in sociology and education from Columbia in 1997.
A native of Phillipsburg, N.J., Troxell and his wife, Pamela, have two daughters: Summer (2) and Capri (1).
The first non-Division I institution to have played 1,000 games, Franklin & Marshall holds an all-time record of 554-436-47 since the program's founding in 1887.