John Sumoski was named the 11th coach in the program's 37-year history in the spring of 2018.
The Diplomats found success both on the field and in the classroom during Sumoski's first year at F&M. The Diplomats saw 13 members of their team - the most among all of the College's fall sports - earn a place on the Centennial Conference (CC) Academic Honor Roll.
"We are pleased to welcome Coach Sumoski to Franklin & Marshall with his wealth of experience and expertise," said Epps. "He shared with us his inspirational vision for the women's soccer program at F&M and we know that he will continue the progress that has taken shape over the past few seasons. Bringing a coach in with more than 20 years of head coaching experience and a proven track record of success will accelerate the transformation of the program into a perennial contender."
A 1992 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Sumoski spent the previous 16 years as the head coach of the women's soccer program at Wilkes University. He left as the program's all-time winningest coach, leading the Colonels to a 158-128-32 record including 14 trips to the MAC Freedom tournament, three trips to the ECAC Tournament, and an NCAA Tournament Berth in 2017. He was a four-time conference coach of the year and named the 2017 ECAC Division III Coach of the Year.
"Franklin & Marshall is a great opportunity for me to continue to do what I love in a highly competitive conference within a few miles of my family," said Sumoski. "I was drawn to the family environment in the department and the eagerness of the current team to compete at the highest level."
Sumoski put together 11 seasons of nine-plus wins, including six years of at least 12. He coached 13 Mid-Atlantic All-Region players, 65 All-Freedom Conference players, four conference rookies of the year, and one Freedom Conference player of the year during his time at Wilkes.
Off the field, the Colonels were successful in the classroom under Sumoski, as 48 student-athletes were named to the Freedom Conference's academic honor roll, with three more being named an Academic All-American. The program also earned 15 NSCAA team academic honors.
"I would like to thank the search committee and the current team for entrusting me with the responsibility of mentoring and leading this program," said Sumoski. "I have a lot of passion for the game and building cultures and I intend to exemplify the kind of work ethic that will produce success on and off the field."
Sumoski, who has an Advanced National Diploma in coaching from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, while also holding an "A" License from the United States Soccer Federation, coached at Division I Central Michigan University from 2000-02, and before that helped start the women's program at Carlow College as the head coach from 1998-2000. He also spent two seasons at Carnegie Mellon University, and from 1997 to 1999, Sumoski was the head coach for the Pennsylvania West Girls Olympic Development program.
Sumoski is a former standout player at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, an NCAA Division II member. During his playing days from 1987 to 1990, Sumoski set the record for most goals in a season (18), which was the 10th highest in Division II, and finished with 37 career goals. For his efforts, he was named All-Conference three times and a Regional All-American twice. In April of 2017, he was inducted into the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown's Athletics Hall of Fame. Sumoski has a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in 1992 and earned an M.A. in Athletic Administration from Central Michigan University in 2002.
Updated 2/15/19 | BW