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Athletic Administration

Kerry Prather, Director of Athletics

Kerry Prather serves as the director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach. He was named athletic director in 1988, succeeding Stewart “Red” Faught. Prather joined the Franklin College staff in 1982 as the assistant basketball coach and was promoted to the head coaching position the following year. Prior to and throughout his tenure as athletic director, Prather also has held the administrative positions of assistant dean of students, associate director of admissions, acting vice president for enrollment management and acting vice president for administration. Prather holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. In 1999, he was named an associate alumnus of Franklin College.

Prather has led the Franklin College athletics program from its historic ties to the NAIA into the NCAA’s Division III in 1992. He also has been the institution’s representative for men’s athletics to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and its predecessor, the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference. During his tenure, Franklin College has renovated three major athletic facilities: Spurlock Center, Stewart “Red” Faught Stadium, and John P. McDowell Field. He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and served on the NCAA men’s basketball committee for the Midwest Region.


Mary Johnston, Assistant Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator

Mary Johnston was appointed head volleyball coach and assistant athletic director at Franklin College in March of 2010.

Johnston most recently served as assistant women’s volleyball coach and athletics administration assistant at Stevens Institute of Technology at Hoboken, N.J.

In her capacity as athletics administration assistant, she worked closely with Stevens’ student affairs office, served as team liaison for visiting schools’ athletic teams, and coordinated the Champs/Life Skills programs for student-athletes among many areas of responsibility.

Johnston graduated from Medaille College with a bachelor’s degree in sports management in May, 2005. She was a Dean’s List student all eight semesters at Medaille. During her athletic career there, Johnston was a two-sport athlete. She was captain three of her four years on the volleyball team and was named a first-team All-American by the National Small Conference and also was recognized on the North Eastern Athletic Conference first team.

She earned her master’s degree in higher education administration from Old Dominion University in May of 2007. Johnston began coaching at the St. Mary’s High School summer camp in 1999 and served in that role until 2006. As an undergrad student at Medaille, she served as head freshman girls basketball coach at St. Mary’s in 2003.


Lance Marshall, Assistant Director of AthleticsLance Marshall

Lance Marshall was named the head coach of the Franklin College baseball program in August 1997. He also serves as assistant director of athletics.

His previous college baseball coaching experience includes assistant coach positions at two NCAA Division III schools in Illinois, Elmhurst and Rockford colleges. At Elmhurst, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1993, Marshall guided the pitchers and catchers, directed the fall baseball program and was involved in recruiting and fund raising from 1995 to 1997. Moreover, Elmhurst captured the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship in 1997 while Marshall was coaching there.

Marshall was assistant at Rockford while working on his master’s degree in secondary education, which he received in 1995. Marshall served as an assistant football coach at Elmhurst, coaching tight ends, in ’95. Additionally, he was the manager of operations at the Chicago White Sox Training Centers after serving as instructor and regional director. He also served as an associate scout for the Houston Astros from 1995 to 1998.