Release courtesy of Franklin College
FRANKLIN, IN – Brian Southern has been appointed head coach of Franklin College’s newest intercollegiate athletics program, Director of Athletics Kerry Prather announced today.
Southern, who presently is head coach of the girls’ varsity lacrosse team at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Ind. and has an extensive background as a coach, administrator, and official in the sport, takes the reins of a program that will begin as a club team in the 2012-13 academic year and evolve to NCAA Division III intercollegiate sport status.
“We are very pleased to welcome Brian Southern to the Franklin College athletic staff,” said Prather. “Brian brings to us not only a wealth of lacrosse expertise but also an extensive network of contacts in the lacrosse community which will help us build a solid foundation for a quality program.”
“This is an exciting opportunity for a Central Indiana college to have a women’s varsity lacrosse program,” said Southern. “Franklin College has a history of strong academics and strong athletics. This is another fine addition to an already outstanding offering for students at Franklin.”
Southern has previous experience in starting new programs and building them into sustainable, competitive teams.
“Building a new program from the ground up at the NCAA Division III collegiate level provides me a new challenge that will create opportunities for the high school girls’ lacrosse players in the region, and is the next step in the rapid growth of lacrosse in Indiana and the Midwest,” he said.
In addition to serving as coach at Center Grove, Southern is a U.S. Lacrosse national trainer and works with the Indiana chapter of U.S. Lacrosse and IHSWLA in several leadership roles. He also is presently the president of the Center Grove Lacrosse Club’s Youth Development Program.
A resident of Greenwood, he has numerous accomplishments working with non-profit organizations, private sector companies and civic community groups. Presently, Southern is involved in not-for-profit, foundation and volunteer work in central Indiana.
Southern studied at University of Indianapolis in liberal studies. He also has achieved credentials in business studies from Cambridge University in England and in science and engineering from Purdue University.