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Coaching Profile: Patrick Franklin

10/19/2017, 8:30am CDT
By Editor

Former StickStar Athlete, who brings the Hype, man....

Coach Franklin in his 4th Fall with the Program.

Coaching Experience

Fall 2014 - Present:  StickStar Lacrosse Educator

Fall 2015 - Spring 2017: Texas State University Defensive Coordinator
16-6 Overall Record   I   2 LSA Playoff Appearances 

StickStar Experience

Coach Franklin made his StickStar Coaching debut in the summer of 2014 but it was actually 7 years prior, in the summer of 2007, that his StickStar Experience began. As a rising sophomore Coach Franklin was part of a group of talented 2010s who traveled to the Notre Dame Team Camp as one of the program’s first travel teams representing the state of Texas.

During his time coaching with StickStar, Coach Franklin has been tasked with helping create and implement the program’s component-based methodology and developmental instruction. This summer, Dallas Select Teams with Coach Franklin at the helm went a combined 14-3-1 including a championship at the Texas Draw.

Questions & Answers

1. What is your greatest thrill as a coach?

Seeing my players’ growth.

It can be something as small as getting rid of a false step in their footwork one day at practice or it could be as big as seeing a team of individuals from more than 10 different programs come together to be undefeated champions at Gait Cup in the rain. (Okay, so maybe that one really happened..)

2. What is your greatest thrill as a player?

Stepping onto the field.

While I was playing I took great pride in my commitment to the minutiae. I crushed practice, lifts, running outside of practice, stick work, film, you name it. So when it came time to actually step onto the field on game day, it was more of a block party than a test.

3.What's your favorite piece of StickStar Apparel?

EASY. Without a doubt, the DTX baseball cut coaches shirts from 2015(?) I have 3 of them, I rotate 2, and the third is locked away in an undisclosed location. Gonna break that puppy out in my late 60s and shut it down.

4. Why do you enjoy coaching with StickStar?

So many reasons. I have experienced StickStar as a player, a customer, a consumer, and now an employee. I have been able to witness the extent of StickStar’s commitment to growth at every level, in all things. That collective growth mindset has allowed the program to thrive over the past decade.  

I am an extremely passionate individual, I’m extremely passionate about coaching lacrosse. The relationships that I have created with players, families, coaches, etc. during my time with StickStar are ones I will have forever. Having the opportunity to spend the majority of my waking hours with individuals who share a deep passion for their craft & have growth mindsets is certainly the biggest selling point for me.

5. Favorite Coach?

Rick Carlisle

6. Last played song on iTunes?

Sabotage - Beastie Boys

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