With a decade of head coaching coaching experience, Glenn Francis enters his third year as head coach at Cal U in 2016.
Francis has posted a 21-10-9 record while the head coach of the Vulcans after spending eight years as a head coach between Ashland and West Virginia Wesleyan. He joined the Cal U program as an assistant coach in 2013 before becoming the fifth all-time head coach in school history the following year.
In his first season as head coach, Francis led the Vulcans to a 12-4-6 overall record and a sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Cal U featured the top two goal scorers in the PSAC in 2014 with Chelesea Crockett and Janelle McCann combining for over 25 goals. Crockett was also one of two Vulcans selected as Capital One Academic All-Americans, while Erin Hogan closed her career as the all-time leader in PSAC history with 53 assists, which ranks fifth in NCAA Division II history.
Cal U finished with a 9-6-3 overall mark in 2015 and missed qualifying for the PSAC Tournament by just one point in the league standings. Meghan Jayes became the first goalkeeper since 2011 to earn All-PSAC honors after setting career highs in goals-against average, saves and save percentage.
As an assistant coach in 2013, Francis helped Cal U claim the PSAC regular-season and tournament championships. The Vulcans earned the top seed from the Atlantic Region in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round. Cal U finished the year ranked No. 12 in the NSCAA Top 25 poll after mounting a 19-game unbeaten streak (18-0-1). Hogan led NCAA Division II with a school-record 17 assists as a junior and was named a NSCAA All-American.
Francis served as head coach at Ashland from 2010-12 and posted a 20-29-7 overall record. He led the program to a 9-8-4 mark in his second season, as the Eagles recorded their winningest season in six years. In 2012, Francis mentored All-GLIAC Honorable Mention recipient Allison Richards, who led the team in both goals and assists as a freshman.
A native of Antigua, Francis started his coaching career as an assistant at West Virginia Wesleyan in 2003 before being appointed as head coach in 2005. He led the Bobcats to a five-win improvement in his second season before guiding the program to the first of four-consecutive WVIAC Tournament Championships and four-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Francis totaled a 55-38-5 overall record with the Bobcats and was named the WVIAC Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2008. While at West Virginia Wesleyan, he mentored a pair of WVIAC Player of the Year selections in Katie Schubert (2007-08) and Meghan Zayas (2009) and two WVIAC Freshman of the Year honorees, Ashley Rees (2006) and Caroline Lalley (2008).
A standout player at Mercyhurst, Francis helped lead the Lakers to an appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore and was the GLIAC Player of the Year and First-Team All-American in 1996. Francis repeated as the GLIAC Player of the Year as a senior and was inducted into the Mercyhurst Hall of Fame in 2009. He presently holds a USSF C license and NSCAA Advance coaching diploma.
Francis and his wife Kim have five children, Orion, Kiana, Alayna, Isaiah and Jeremiah, and reside in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.