Oklahoma State's AD Franch is one of 30 candidates for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award for women's soccer, it was announced today.
A native of Salina, Kan., Franch has been a strong performer in the classroom and helped the OSU program earn NSCAA Team Academic Awards in each of the last three years. A studio art major, she was an Academic All-Big 12 Second Team selection in 2011 and has twice been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. She has also appeared on the OSU Dean's Honor Roll.
Franch has served as a team captain for two seasons and has been a starter since arriving on campus, despite coming in as a freshman still recovering from a major knee injury. With her valuable leadership, OSU has enjoyed the most successful run in program history as the Cowgirls have won three conference titles, made back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and maintained a status among the top 10 in the national rankings.
Franch has made a positive impact in the community during her time in Stillwater. She has served with Holiday Heroes, a Christmastime event that involves working with foster children at a local church, and has also volunteered for Celebration Stillwater, where she serves underprivileged persons in Payne County. Additionally, she has served as a coach at the SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School.
One of the most decorated players in Big 12 and OSU soccer history, Franch is a two-time All-American goalkeeper and has earned a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team in each of her first three seasons. She was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2010 and 2011 and is on the preseason watch list for the award in 2012. Franch owns the OSU career record for shutouts with 36 and has led the Big 12 in that category in each of her three seasons. As a junior, she ranked second in the NCAA in goals against average (0.348) and third in save percentage (0.92), and she set OSU's single-season record with 12 shutouts. In 79 career games, Franch has 36 shutouts and 273 saves. During her collegiate career, Franch has played for both the U.S. U-20 and U.S. U-23 National Teams and participated in full U.S. National Team camp during the summer of 2012.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition.
The list of 30 women's soccer candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in early October, and those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote involving media, coaches and fans. The winner will be announced at the 2012 Women's College Cup in December.
OSU has had a candidate on the list in each of the last five years.