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Saturday, December 17, 2022
RIP: FHS Track Coach Latif Thomas - Dec 7, 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022
FHS Football Gridiron: Letter to Fans from Coach Bain
"Open letter from our coach to our fans.Panther fans rock!! https://t.co/gKb0GLUVkY"
Friday, October 7, 2022
Mike Lubin Named Franklin High School Varsity Girls’ Ice Hockey Coach
The Franklin Public School District strives to nurture a safe, supportive, inclusive and collaborative learning environment in each of our 10 schools. We believe in providing an engaging and rigorous curriculum with exemplary instructional practices that will support and challenge students to reach their full potential through personalized learning opportunities. Our goal is to develop the necessary social-emotional, academic, and career skills for each Franklin student, so that they will be a productive citizen in an ever-changing world.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Franklin High School Names Chris Spillane Head Varsity Boys’ Ice Hockey Coach
The Franklin Public School District strives to nurture a safe, supportive, inclusive and collaborative learning environment in each of our 10 schools. We believe in providing an engaging and rigorous curriculum with exemplary instructional practices that will support and challenge students to reach their full potential through personalized learning opportunities. Our goal is to develop the necessary social-emotional, academic, and career skills for each Franklin student, so that they will be a productive citizen in an ever-changing world. https://www.franklinps.net/franklin-high-school/athletics-department
Sunday, July 31, 2022
MIAA releases new videos for the Summer of 2022; support for coaches, students & staff
10 new video presentations to support coaches, students & staff are available on the MIAA website. Checkout THE HUB for great content from Link: https://miaa.net/the-hub/
|MIAA releases new videos for the Summer of 2022; support for coaches, students & staff|
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
FHS' Dumas, DeForge, Hopkins, Duffy; Powderly, Klawson, & O'Leary recognized for Hockomock League Outdoor Track
Girls HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE ALL STARS
Sarah Dumas, Franklin
Lily DeForge, Franklin
Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin
Lily Duffy, Franklin
Boys HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE ALL STARS
Tyler Powderly, Franklin
William Klawson, Franklin
Brendan O’Leary, Franklin
Thursday, April 14, 2022
My conversation with Paula Lupien, FHS Gymnastics Coach - 04/05/22 (audio)
FM #775 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 775 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Paula Lupien, Coach of the FHS Gymnastics team conducted on April 5, 2022. Paula was announced in Dec 2021 as the Winner of the MIAA Coach of the Year award. We decided to wait until her season was complete (and what a season it was) to have this conversation.
We talk about how she came into the role as coach after advocating to create a team, and how she has developed the program to be undefeated for 2 seasons in the Hockomock League, win the Sectionals this year, take 2nd in the State and then 1st at New England. What does the team do from here? It may be something of a building opportunity but the team is positioned to do good things next year and going forward.
The recording runs about 38 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Paula on April 5, 2022. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-775-paula-lupien-fhs-gymnastics-coach-04-05-22
Hockomock All-star selections https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/03/rudolph-named-mvp-leads-multiple-fhs.html
D1 New England Champions https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/03/fhs-gymnastics-team-d1-new-england.html
2nd place at MA State meet
1st Place at South Sectionals
State individual meet performances
Emma White 2nd in All around
1st place at Hockomock Championships
Coach of Year - MIAA for Gymnastics
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Thursday, February 10, 2022
FHS Asst Coach Jeff Ambrosini named as MBCA Asst Coach of the Year
"Congrats FHS Asst ⚾️Coach Jeff Ambrosini(@jeff_ambrosini) on being named the MBCA(@MassBCA) Asst Coach of the Year! Its been a privilege to share the dugout w/Jeff. His knowledge, character & work ethic are inspiring. His impact on our program has been immeasurable!"
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/FHSCoachZBrown/status/1490993627593687040
|FHS Asst Coach Jeff Ambrosini named as MBCA Asst Coach of the Year|
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Pantherbook Sports Highlights this week
"FHS Boys Hockey is back on the ice with a new-look team. Besides the sweet, new, baby-blue uniforms, these Panthers look fresh, thanks to almost an entirely new group of players on the Varsity team. Following last year’s COVID-altered, 10-2 season that saw 16 seniors graduate(!!), This winter, Franklin has found their chemistry posting a 11-5 record, including wins in 8 of their last 9. To see how the boys have meshed so successfully as of late, I caught up with FHS Boy’s Hockey Captains Ryan Sicchio (Jr.) and Aiden Hunt (Sr.):"
"Whether you know him as Coach Bailey or Mr. Bailey, get ready for an interview with one of FHS’s favorite staff members. Check out this video interview with our resident track coach and video production teacher!"
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Paula Lupien - Named 2020-2021 MIAA Gymnastics Coach of the Year
Franklin High School is proud to announce that Paula Lupien has been named the 2020-2021 MIAA Gymnastics Coach of the Year.
“Earning this prestigious honor does not surprise me in the least. When it comes to coaching, Coach Lupien is the total package”, states Athletic Director, Tom Angelo. “I attribute the success of our Gymnastics program to Coach Lupien’s meticulous attention to detail, her love for her student-athletes, and overall dedication to the coaching profession.
The 2020-2021 winter season was Coach Lupien’s 5th year at the helm, culminating in an undefeated season, a Hockomock League title, and a 1st place finish in the Hockomock League Tournament. A professional member of USA Gymnastics, Coach Lupien’s primary goal is to build trust with her athletes and to bring out the best in themselves by setting a high bar and accomplishing their goals. “Paula is an incredible person who embodies everything that is right about the coaching profession. We are so fortunate to have her as part of our coaching staff”, states Tom Angelo.
Over the past 5 years, Coach Lupien has involved her team in various community service projects in and around Franklin, MA. Some of these projects include Blankets for Cancer, Toy/Pajamas/Blanket drive for children in foster care, a Franklin Food Pantry drive, distributing holiday wreaths, and hosting gymnastics clinics for Best Buddies, and area youth programs.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association selects their “Coaches of the Year” based upon excellence in character, impact upon students and community, and coaching credentials.
Coach Lupien will be honored by the MIAA at a celebratory awards banquet in January.
Paula Lupien: 2020-2021 MIAA Gymnastics Coach of the Year!
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Radio Margaritaville features Franklin's Pete Scaccia
Pete Scaccia (Franklin resident and longtime youth sports coach) is going to be the featured “Fruitcake on the Radio” on Radio Margaritaville this week. His segment will air on SiriusXM channel 24 on the following dates:
10/24 @ 4:00pm
10/25 @ 8:00pm
Attached is a picture of the recent Facebook post from Radio Margaritaville. Here is the content from the SiriusXM post for context (quoted content written by Pete):
Tune in Thursday morning at 10 AM EST to hear our new Fruitcake on the Radio/Guest DJ!!
“Hi my name is Pete Scaccia and I am your Fruitcake on the Radio. I live in Franklin, Massachusetts with my wife of 19 years and fellow concert goer Jacqui along with our two sons Nick and Ben. When not running a courier company I enjoy coaching my kid’s sports teams, driving with the top down on the jeep, fishing, scuba diving, clamming and just about anything else you can do on or around the water! I also enjoy collecting different types of maps and am a Civil War buff. Some of my favorite memories with my family have been around the water. Whether it was growing up spending summers on Cape Cod, living in Annapolis, MD, taking a Caribbean cruise or driving onto the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Jimmy’s music can always be heard playing in the background.”
|Radio Margaritaville features Franklin's Pete Scaccia|
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Franklin Public Schools, MA: Patriots All Access segment on FHS Coach Bain
Talk about #PantherPride
@FHSSports very own @Coach_Bain and was named New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week. Last night, the team was featured on @WBZ Patriots All Access.
Check out the segment!
Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/FranklinPSNews/status/1446910165215809543?t=nXSiIcV7BFgodO5nug1CSw&s=03
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
FHS Football Coach Eain Bain receives NE Patriot High School Coach of the Week Award
NFL Fall of Fame Linebacker, Andre Tippett, presenting Coach Eain Bain with the NE Patriot High School Coach of the Week Award.
This award & $1,000 is made possible through the generosity of the Kraft Family & The Patriots Charitable Foundation.
#PantherPride https://t.co/H6XJTrKSJaShared from Twitter:
|FHS Football Coach Eain Bain receives NE Patriot High School Coach of the Week Award|
Thursday, September 30, 2021
The Coaches Corner - "Win vs Duxbury"
"The Coaches Corner... Live from CC studios
@glenpharmer ..Duxbury Win !! @Coach_Bain @Coach_Angelo @fhs_gridiron @FHSFAN @FranklinMatters @danorlovsky7 @BostonHeraldHS @tommycassell44 @HockomockSports"
Video link => https://t.co/cvoHWccmC5 or https://youtu.be/5bdMEBzeoWo
Friday, September 17, 2021
The Coaches Corner: Wachusett Win (video)
"The Coaches Corner! Wachsett Win! at The New Coaches Corner Studios "
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Dean College is looking for part-time Academic Coaches, is that calling for you?
Dean College is looking for part-time Academic Coaches
ACADEMIC COACH (PART TIME DAYTIME)
"The Academic Coach at Dean College provides a strategy-based approach to academic support for students enrolled in Academic Coaching, a fee-based learning program open to all students at the institution. Academic Coaches work both in person with students to address immediate academic needs while developing long-term independent skills in studying, reading, and organization. Academic Coaches help students become independent learners. Time management, organization and long-term planning are some of the skills that students gain through their experience in Academic Coaching.
This is a fall-spring semester, part-time position fifteen to twenty-nine hours per week for 14 weeks each semester. Prospective candidates' must be available to work at least three days per week."
ACADEMIC COACH (PART TIME EVENINGS)
"The Academic Coach at Dean College provides a strategy-based approach to academic support for students enrolled in Academic Coaching, a fee-based learning program open to all students at the institution. Academic Coaches work with students to address immediate academic needs, while developing long-term independent skills in studying, reading, and organization. Academic Coaches help students become independent learners and to eventually transition away from tutorial support. Time management, organization and long-term planning are some of the skills that students gain through their experience in Academic Coaching.
This is a fall-spring semester, part-time position; eight to twelve hours per week for 14 weeks each semester. Prospective candidates' must be available to work at least two evenings per week for extended hours. Must be able to work additional days/evenings (or occasional weekends) to make up hours when necessary."
|Dean College is looking for part-time Academic Coaches, is that calling for you?|
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Strive Ninja Warriors now hiring - "Kids Fitness Coach"
"If you love fitness, coaching and you are great with kids... Strive Ninja Fitness is the place for you!We are currently looking for enthusiastic and driven individuals to join our fun and growing team!What do we do?We are a ninja warrior/obstacle fitness facility… we help kids and adults develop skills on obstacles that you might see on the TV show American Ninja Warrior or in Obstacle Course Races.But what if I'm not a ninja?Prior Ninja Warrior/Obstacle experience is not required, but it certainly helps to be excited about the idea of Ninja/Obstacle training (since that is what we do!). Being a fan of the TV show American Ninja Warrior is a plus! We will train you to help deliver outstanding gym experiences for our customers."
Sunday, July 19, 2020
New FHS volleyball head coach: Samantha Elliott
Franklin High School is proud to announce Samantha Elliott as the new Volleyball Head Coach. @fhspanthervball @HockomockSports @MetroWestSports @tommycassell44 @BostonHeraldHS @BGlobeSports pic.twitter.com/4WrqWrjXyy— FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) July 13, 2020
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Katie Holbrook = new Softball Coach at FHS
Franklin High athletic director Tom Angelo announced last week that Katie Holbrook had been hired to fill the softball coaching vacancy created by Kate Fallon’s move to rival King Philip. Holbrook is the owner of Brand New Ballgame, a baseball and softball training facility in Wrentham, and has coached club and showcase softball teams for more than a decade.Continue reading the article online
Holbrook was familiar with the Franklin program, community, and players from her role at Brand New Ballgame, and was excited about making the Panthers her first high school coaching role.
“Between them coming in for team practices or working in private practice or clinics with some of the kids, I’ve gotten a chance to really know them over the last six or seven years,” Holbrook said in a phone call this week. “I had a tie to Franklin and when Kate moved over I thought it’s a good, strong program, there’s a desire for strong leadership and I have a good tie to the community. It was the right place.”
She also noted that the familiarity with the players could make the transition easier. She said, “They know who I am at least by reputation, so I think that’s helpful. They know I care about Franklin, that I know about softball, and that I do this day-in, day-out. So, I think the buy-in period may be a little shorter for me than maybe someone else who was new to things.”
|Katie Holbrook = new Softball Coach at FHS|
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Franklin High School's Eian Bain named Patriots High School Coach of the Week
"With a 28-14 victory over Brockton on Friday Night, Franklin High School’s Eian Bain has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.
Franklin continued to impress in the MIAA Division I South semifinals, taking advantage of a breakout second quarter performance to propel them to a win over Brockton. The Panthers scored 21 points in the second quarter and added another touchdown in the third to separate themselves from the Boxers in the Division I South playoffs for the second consecutive season. The victory snapped a four-game winning streak for the Boxers. Senior quarterback Thomas Gasbarro established himself as a dual-threat in the game, completing 15-of-21 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 35 yards and another touchdown on the ground.
With the win, Franklin High School moved to 7-2 on the year and advanced to the final round of the MIAA Division I South playoffs. They’ll look to push their winning streak to five games and capture the Division I South finals title when they face off against Catholic Memorial on Friday night.
Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, met with the Franklin players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the Patriots Foundation, in honor of Coach Bain. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com."
|FHSl's Eian Bain named Patriots High School Coach of the Week|