Mary Fran Frankenheimer, the strength and conditioning coach for Malvern Prep’s football and lacrosse teams, is thriving in a role usually reserved for men, writes DeArbea Walker for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Frankenheimer, an assistant athletic director at the school, is believed to be the only woman nationwide who is responsible, full time, for the strength and conditioning of a high school team.
“Her effectiveness is not just her expertise, but her way of connecting with the guys,” said Malvern Prep lacrosse coach John McEvoy.
McEvoy hired Frankenheimer two and a half years ago for what he called a “historically man-orientated role.”
“She knows what she is doing with this stuff more than these guys do,” he said.
Frankenheimer’s methods proved successful, and a year later, football coach Dave Gueriera asked her to work with his players as well. Both teams won Inter-Ac League championships last year.
Frankenheimer attended Villa Maria Academy and was an All-American field hockey player at Randolph-Macon College. She then received athletic administration, aerobics, and body pumping certifications from the Athletics and Fitness Association of America.
“I think this is the perfect job for me,” she said.
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