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Franklin & Marshall College

Diplomat Athletics - Mayser Center
PO Box 3003 / 415 Harrisburg Ave Lancaster, PA 176043003
Division 3 Pennsylvania Northeast
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Mike Faith

Mike Faith enters his 10th season at the helm of the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse program in 2022. He has guided the Diplomats to the NCAA Tournament during each of his seasons in which the national tournament has been held. His NCAA Tournament success includes two trips to the Final Four (2015, 16) while making it to the Elite 8 on four other occasions. Faith has compiled a 137-33 record at F&M, including a remarkable 64-4 mark in Centennial Conference action. The Diplomats have won three Centennial Conference Championships under his watch (2015, 17, 21). His overall record as a college head coach is 233-80.


Faith has seen his student-athletes be recognized among the nation’s best as Paige Moriarty ’18 was named the IWLCA Attacker of the Year in 2016 and 2017, while Vanessa Budd ’17 earned the IWLCA Defender of the Year award in 2017. Faith's coaching has led the Diplomats to receive 24 All-America, 39 all-region, and 52 All-Centennial Conference awards during his tenure. Ten players have earned Centennial Conference Player of the Year honors under his watch at their position, including six Centennial Conference Defenders of the Year.


The Centennial Conference has recognized Faith as the Coach of the Year on three different occassions (2016, 19, 21), making him a five-time conference coach of the year during his career. He was also named to the Metro Region Coach of the Year in 2016 after guiding Franklin & Marshall to back-to-back Final Four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.


Faith was named the 12th head coach in the program's history on Aug. 1, 2012. He joined the Diplomats after eight seasons as the head coach at Elizabethtown College. Taking over a program just four years into its existence, Faith wasted little time building it into a perennial conference contender. The Blue Jays competed in seven conference championship tournaments, including five trips to the finals and two MAC championships under Faith's leadership. He was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010 as Elizabethtown made its way through the conference schedule with an unblemished mark. Faith compiled a 97-48 mark at Elizabethtown, including a 65-14 record in conference play.


Under his guidance, 44 All-Conference selections were named, including four MAC Player of the Year honors and two Rookie of the Year awards. Also, 20 All-Region selections and four IWCLA All-Americans were awarded during Faith's tenure. Faith also served as the director of intramural sports at Elizabethtown.


"F&M has a remarkable tradition of success of our intercollegiate athletics programs, and the selection of Coach Mike Faith reflects our ongoing commitment to developing the talents, character and leadership qualities of all student-athletes," said former Dean of the College Kent Trachte at the time of Faith's hiring.


Faith was ecstatic at the time of his hiring about the potential of the program. "This is a great opportunity to work at one of the finest educational institutions in the country," Faith said. "I'm very excited about this new chapter in my coaching career, and I'm looking forward to leading one of the most successful women's lacrosse programs in Division III."


A 2000 graduate of Salisbury University, Faith brings his own experience as an All-American lacrosse player to the sidelines. As a student-athlete, he was named a first-team All-American in 1998 and was a two-time first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference selection in 1997 and 1998.


Before leading the coaching staff at Elizabethtown, Faith served as the first assistant women's lacrosse coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, a Division I program. While at UMBC, he helped lead the Golden Retrievers to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003. He spent a year as the offensive coordinator at the University of Richmond in 2001 and spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as a volunteer assistant at Salisbury.


Faith is a native of Perry Hall, Md., and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Fitness. He currently resides outside of Baltimore with daughters Maddie and Mollie.

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Julia Rowland

Julia Rowland joins the Franklin & Marshall women’s coaching staff for the 2022 season. Rowland is 2021 graduate of Hamilton College where she played three sports (lacrosse, soccer, basketball).


Rowland brings coaching experience to the Diplomats as she previously served as the assistant lacrosse coach at Lincoln-Sudbury high schol while also spending time leading the Central Lacrosse Club out of Massachusetts. Rowland has previously held internships with the Faceoff Factory and Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment. She graduated from Hamilton with a degree in public policy and a minor in music. Rowland enrolled at Hamilton after a standout career at Acton Boxborough Regional High School.

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Brooke Sabol

Brooke Sabol joined the F&M women's lacrosse coaching staff for the start of the 2018 season. The Diplomats have made two trips to NCAA Elite 8 under her watch and won the Centennial Conference Championship during the 2021 season. Sabol started off her career at York College where she helped guide the Spartans to the most successful season in program history in 2017 with 16 wins and an appearance in the NCAA Elite 8. She works primarily with the defense and the draw specialist.


Sabol is a 2016 Wheaton College graduate and four-year member of the women's lacrosse program. During her time as a Lyon she played in a total of 75 games, scoring 144 goals and registering 75 assists.


As a sophomore, Sabol helped the Lyons win the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship and was awarded the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. In the 2014 and 2015 seasons she earned second-team all-conference, and in her senior season in 2016, she was awarded first-team all-conference and All-Berkshire Region honors.

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