Fallon-Comeau, the Panthers’ softball head coach for the past nine seasons, was officially hired in the same capacity for the Warriors this week. King Philip was one of the most successful programs over the past decade, winning state championships in 2010, 2011, and 2016.
“It wasn’t an easy decision, but there was an opportunity and I went for it,” Fallon-Comeau said. “I loved every minute of my time at Franklin but I’m really excited to work with the girls at King Philip. There is a great feeder program in place, they have solid softball players every year. Like Franklin, they have a community that is passionate about softball. It just seemed like a good fit and the timing was right.”
Fallon-Comeau, the 2019 HockomockSports.com Coach of the Year, is plenty familiar with the Hockomock League. She was a star pitcher as a member of the Class of 2001 at Mansfield High. After a successful career as a catcher at Curry College, she took over the reins of the Panthers’ program in 2011. Under her guidance, Franklin went 112-86 and made the state tournament in all but two seasons. In the two seasons the Panthers didn’t make it, they had 10 and nine wins, respectively.
“Franklin will always hold a special place in my heart, it was really difficult to say goodbye to the returning players,” Fallon-Comeau said. “I can’t wait to get started with King Philip though, I’m really excited for the upcoming season and beyond.
“I want to thank athletic director Gary Brown and all of the administration at King Philip for the opportunity.”
In her tenure with the Panthers, Fallon-Comeau helped Franklin win 10 playoff games and earned back-to-back trips to the D1 South Sectional Semifinals in 2013 and 2014. This past season, Franklin pushed D1 South Finalist Bishop Feehan to the limit in a 1-0 walkoff win. King Philip went 13-9 this past season before losing to league rival Taunton in the tournament. The Warriors have won 11 league titles in the past 13 seasons.