Franklin College

Franklin College Athletic Dept
Spurlock Ctr 101 Branigin Blvd Franklin, IN 46131
Division 3 Indiana Midwest
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Kim DeCesare

Franklin College director of athletics Kerry Prather has announced the appointment of Kim DeCesare as the new head coach of the women's soccer program, effective July 31, 2019.


A 2013 graduate of Duke University, DeCesare joins the Grizzlies after spending time on the staff at Elon University. Prior to joining the college coaching ranks, she spent four years playing professionally following a decorated playing career for the Blue Devils.


"It is an honor to have been announced the women's soccer head coach at Franklin College. I want to thank Coach Prather and the search committee for the trust that they have in me to lead the women's soccer program. From the time I stepped on campus, I could feel the sense of community and pride that it brings. I am very excited to work with driven and hard-working student-athletes who treat each other with respect."


A four-year letter winner at Duke, DeCesare was a two-time All-ACC selection and was a tri-captain in each of her final two seasons with the Blue Devils. Over a playing career that spanned 93 matches, she tallied 29 goals and handed out 15 assists and finished her career sixth on the program's goal-scoring list and ninth among the ranks of all-time point scorers.


Following graduation, she embarked on a professional career, playing in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) for the Boston Breakers (2014) and Sky Blue FC (2015-17). Her professional career also included stops with Eskilstuna United DFF in Sweden's top women's league in 2014, before closing in 2018 following one year in The Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven.


"We are excited to welcome Kim DeCesare to the Griz family," Prather added. "I am confident she will sustain and enhance the success of our women's soccer program. From her inspiring playing career at Duke and professionally abroad to her extensive club coaching through her most recent work on the staff at Elon University, Kim has been respected for her tenacious work ethic and dedication to the game. She is extremely organized and committed to player development. She brings a contagious energy and enthusiasm to which I know our current and future Grizzlies will respond in kind."


DeCesare is anxious to get started with the Grizzlies when camp opens in a few weeks.


"I feel that this program can be highly successful and that the college attracts the kind of people that I enjoy working with, both on and off the field," DeCesare continued. "I can't wait to put in the hard work to help the team succeed. My goal and vision for this program is to maximize the individual and team potential on and off the field while attracting quality student-athletes and most importantly young women, who want to succeed in all aspects of their lives."

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Lexi Burkhart

Lexi Burkhart joined the Franklin coaching staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2019.


A 2018 graduate from the University of Southern Indiana, Burkhart began her coaching career during her time as a player with the Screaming Eagles when she helped with the U-11 Sporting SI travel team. After graduation, she latched on with the North Posey Girls Soccer Team in 2018 before joining Franklin one year later.


A native of Evansville, Ind., she holds a degree in radio and television from USI with a minor in communication studies.

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Orefo Di Mizio

With more than 20 years of playing experience under his belt, Orefo Di Mizio joined the Franklin staff in the fall of 2019, working as the goalkeeper's coach for both the men's and women's programs. He is currently the head coach of the Roncalli High School boy's soccer team in Indianapolis and has his USSF National D lisence and USC Goalkeeper Level 1 Diploma.

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Colleen Everts

Colleen Everts joined the Franklin women's soccer coaching staff in 2019 and brings a wealth of experience during her time as a player and coach to the FC bench.


A four-year starter at nearby Marian University that saw her serve as a captain for three seasons, Everts spent two years as a coach at Westside United Soccer Club and another pair for St. Christophers. She is currently an assistant professory of accounting at Franklin College.

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