Lance MarshallTitle: Asst.Dir.Athletics/Head Baseball Coach
Office Location: Spurlock
Office Phone: (317) - 738 - 8136
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Lance Marshall was named the head coach of the Franklin College baseball program in August 1997. He also is an assistant athletic director at the college.
In his tenure at Franklin, Marshall has guided the Grizzlies to three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championships.
In the 2009 season, Marshall coached Franklin to a 31-11 record and its third HCAC title. The Grizzlies posted a 17-4 mark in HCAC contests - matching their best league record of 2002 - and earned their sixth appearance in the conference tournament - including their third opportunity to host - since the league tourney became limited to four schools in 2001.
He also was voted the HCAC's Coach of the Year for the third time. Moreover, Franklin was ranked a best-ever 21st in the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball national Top-30 poll for NCAA Division III schools.
The Grizzlies shattered several school records, including team and individual marks. FC set new team records in batting average (.349), at-bats (1,484), runs scored (442), hits (518), doubles (109), home runs (55) and runs batted in (393).
In 2005, Franklin won the HCAC title with a 15-6 mark and achieved its second best single-season victories total in finishing 29-15 overall. He was voted the HCAC's Coach of the Year for the second time. The Grizzlies led the league in both team batting average and team earned run average and garnered their highest ever national ranking of 24th among Division III schools as rated by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Franklin also was rated a best-ever third in the NCAA III Mideast Region.
In the spring of 2002, Marshall coached FC to a school-record 32 victories and its first HCAC regular season crown with a league record 17 league triumphs. Franklin also was ranked a then best-ever fifth in the Mideast Region and was rated in the Top 30 in the nation for the first time. He was voted the HCAC's Coach of the Year - the first time a Franklin coach was the recipient of the honor.
Marshall has coached three HCAC Most Valuable Player honorees - Craig Bland (2002), Terry Kinnett (2004) and David Verdeyen (2005), plus three conference Freshman of the Year selections - David Verdeyen (2003), Andy Clark (2005), Jim Swienconek (2006) and Nick Stoia (2010).
Moreover, during Marshall's tenure, Franklin College achieved one of its most notable victories ever in a 4-3 win at Division I member University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. in May, 2007. He owns an overall coaching record of 292-231 for 13 seasons at FC.
His previous college baseball coaching experience includes assistant coach positions at two NCAA Division III schools in Illinois, Elmhurst and Rockford colleges. At Elmhurst, where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1993, Marshall guided the pitchers and catchers, directed the fall baseball program and was involved in recruiting and fund raising from 1995 to 1997. Moreover, Elmhurst captured the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship in 1997 while Marshall was coaching there.
Marshall was assistant at Rockford while working on his master's degree in secondary education, which he received in 1995. Marshall served as an assistant football coach at Elmhurst, coaching tight ends, in '95. Additionally, he was the manager of operations at the Chicago White Sox Training Centers after serving as instructor and regional director. He also served as an associate scout for the Houston Astros from 1995 to 1998.