Success as students top priority

Mary Johnston is the women’s volleyball coach at Franklin College.

She is in her sixth season coaching the Grizzlies. She is also the school’s assistant director of athletics.

Q: Without the benefit of awarding athletics scholarships, what are the biggest challenges in attracting athletes?

A: At the end of the day, I want our student-athletes to succeed as students.

That said, students need to select a school that fits within their academic, professional, social and financial goals. My job is to find talented students and athletes that feel like Franklin is that right “fit.”

Q: What specifically do you tell athletes to sell them on Franklin?

A: I first and foremost talk with students about our academic programs and our alumni success.

Most students who visit campus meet with a professor of their academic interest. Academically, we have to be a fit for students. Our program also has specific athletic and team goals that I think attract students. We try to focus on team mentality and everyone having a role in that success.

The young women in our program have done a fantastic job of creating a family within our team.

Q: When do you typically start recruiting?

A: Our staff is always recruiting. It is an ongoing process of reaching out to students and getting them to visit our campus to learn more about Franklin.

Q: Do you enjoy the recruiting process? If so, what do you enjoy about it?

I enjoy getting to know students and their families as they work through the recruiting process.

I tell students my job is to give them all the information they need about Franklin. It’s their job to find the right fit for them. It can be disappointing when a top recruit chooses another school, but it also is exciting when a student decides to attend Franklin.

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Rick Morwick is sports editor of the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2715.