Nate Franks, a 2007 Princeton graduate, is in his first season as an assistant coach at Princeton. Franks is in his second stint at Princeton, working with the field hockey team first as a student manager and later as a student coach while an undergraduate at Princeton. Since graduating Franks has coached at both American and Bucknell, and has played and coached internationally for a club team in Ireland.Franks was awarded the Distinguished Undergraduate Athletic Service Award at the 2007 PVC Banquet for the work he did as a field hockey student assistant coach and women's lacrosse student manager. Franks has been been busy in the years since he graduated. He first spent three years working on the staff at American while also playing and coaching for the Clontarf Hockey Club, one of the premier club teams in Ireland. Franks then moved to Bucknell where he spent the last season as a member of the Bison coaching staff.
Franks is a Level 2 USFHA Certified Coach and began working with the U.S. Men's National Team as a video coach in January and will work the team through the Pan-Am games in October. Franks started playing field hockey at the elementary school level in his hometown of Washington, D.C. When he later joined the field hockey team at Sidwell Friends School, he was the only male in the metropolitan D.C. area on a high school team. Despite significant hurdles, including being prohibited from playing in any games with the exception of preseason scrimmages, Franks continued in the sport, eventually joining several area mixed and men's club teams. In early 2002, he was invited to train with the U.S. Men's National Team in California during the summer months.