Massapequa Park native Kim DeCesare is taking the next step in her soccer career as she was named head coach of the women’s soccer team at Franklin College.
She most recently served as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at Elon University in North Carolina. Prior to joining Elon in 2018, she played professionally in the National Women’s Soccer League and in Europe.
“It is an honor to have been announced as the women’s soccer head coach at Franklin College,” said DeCesare. “From the time I stepped on campus, I could feel the sense of community and pride that it brings. I am very excited to work with driven and hard-working student-athletes who treat each other with respect.”
A 2013 graduate of Duke University, she enjoyed a standout collegiate career. She was a four-year letter winner for the Blue Devils, was a two-time All-ACC selection and was a tri-captain in each of her final two seasons at Duke.
Over a playing career that spanned 93 matches, she tallied 29 goals and had 15 assists. DeCesare finished her career sixth on the program’s goal-scoring list and ninth among the ranks of all-time point scorers.
Following graduation, she turned pro playing in the NWSL for the Boston Breakers (2014) and Sky Blue FC (2015-17). Her professional career also included stops with Eskilstuna United DFF in Sweden’s top women’s league in 2014 and one year in The Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven in 2018.
“We are excited to welcome Kim to the Griz family,” said Kerry Prather, director of athletics for the Franklin, Ind.-based college. “I am confident she will sustain and enhance the success of our women’s soccer program.”
Prior to 2018 when Franklin College finished the season 8-9-1, the women’s soccer team had wins of 12, 14, 16 and 14, from 2014 through 2017 respectively. In 2017, the Grizzlies qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament.
DeCesare said she is anxious to get started with the Grizzlies when camp opens in a few weeks. The season starts on August 30 against Trine University.
“I feel that this program can be highly successful and that the college attracts the kind of people that I enjoy working with, both on and off the field,” she said. “My goal and vision for this program is to maximize the individual and team potential on and off the field while attracting quality student-athletes and most importantly young women who want to succeed in all aspects of their lives.”