Chris Francis - Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach Chris Francis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Mansfield University baseball program. Coach Francis has been involved with many great programs and players. Twenty-three of his former players have signed professional contracts.
Francis played collegiate baseball for Hall of Fame coach George Valesente at Ithaca College from 1994 to 1997. He played on the 94, 95, 97 teams that made the NCAA regional tournament and the 94 team that made the NCAA College World Series. He was the team captain on the 97 team and was named 2nd team all-region and Coach Francis was the recipient of the Carlton Carp Wood Award.. Coach Francis graduated with a Bachelor of Science in sports information and communications.
Coach Francis began his coaching career in 1998 with the University of Rochester. He coached there for two years. Coach Francis was assistant coach in charge of pitching, catching, outfielders, and recruiting. In 98 the team went 23 17 and was the ECAC Up State NY champions. He helped to lower the teams ERA by 2 runs. In 99 they went 24-12, which led to the 2nd straight ECAC Up State NY championship and the first NCAA mid-west regional appearance since 1991.
In 2000 he moved to Ithaca College and became the assistant coach in charge of outfielders. He coached there for three years. Where they won 3 straight Empire 8 conference championships also 3 straight NCAA regional's where they were the runner up all 3 years. In 01 and 02 he moved to coaching the pitchers where in 01 the team ERA was 11th in the nation and in 02 it was 9th in the nation. Also during his time as the assistant at Ithaca College he had 3 pitchers and a catcher sign professional contracts.
In 2003 he arrived at Virginia Wesleyan where he was in charge of the pitching, scheduling, defense, traveling, recruiting, and the budget for 5 years. In 03 the team set a school record going 34-9 also winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and tournament. They finished 3rd in the NCAA South regional. The team ERA was 2nd in the nation. In 04 they went 32-12 and the teams ERA was 25th in the nation also qualifying for the NCAA South regional finishing 6th. In 05 they went 22-18 and Coach Francis had two players drafted by the Florida Marlins one in the 21st round and the other in the 27th round. In 06 the team went 24-22 and was the tournament champions and finished 3rd in the NCAA South regional. In 07 the team went 24-18 and was the regular season champions and he had four players sign professional contracts. Two signed with the Chicago Cubs and were also conference players and pitchers of the year. The other two signed independent contracts.
Coach Francis has also coached summer teams in the NYCBL and the Coastal Plains summer leagues. In the summer of 02 he managed the Cortland Apples in the NYCBL and coached the All-Star team from that league. In 2003 the Daredevils won the Pettite Cup championship and in 2004 they were the runners up. In 2007 coach Francis was the pitching coach for the Peninsula Pilots. His pitching staff set the Coastal Plains League strike out record with 495 strike outs in 491.1 innings pitched. Eleven pitchers recorded 20 or more strike outs. Where he also coached the North All-Star team. The Pilots were runners up in the 2007 Pettite Cup Tournament. In all Coach Francis has seen 23 of his former players between college and summer seasons move on to professional baseball.
Coach Francis and his wife Meghan reside in Mansfield with their son Christian and daughter Lillian.
Contact Coach Francis
Office:(570) - 662-4458