Charles City has hired a woman for the first time as Comets soccer coach.
During Monday night’s School Board meeting, Hayley Fransen was announced as the first woman soccer coach in school history. Fransen is currently an 8th-grade reading teacher at the Middle School after starting with Charles City Community Schools in the student teaching academy. The district says that experience allowed Fransen to teach and build relationships with the team she’ll be working with in the future and her nickname “girl boss” shows her impact on students already.
Fransen graduated from Mason City High School and then NIACC before continuing her education at the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in social studies and social sciences. Fransen participated in softball, soccer, and cheerleading in high school and played soccer collegiately.
In a statement, Fransen said, “Getting more girls and boys in sports is going to help them grow as athletes and help them grow as better people.”
Charles City High School currently has a co-ed soccer team and Fransen has a goal to form an all-girls Comets soccer team. She hopes to have 15 girls for soccer this year and 25 next year.