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Downtown Sports Staff

Richard J Frongillo - Coach Rich

Founder

Coach Rich is a life-long resident of Franklin who has been involved in sports his whole life, playing several sports in their appropriate season from childhood. He started playing soccer in the Franklin Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) and continues to play and enjoy the beautiful game on a weekly basis. Starting as a volunteer in 1989, he found his passion in coaching and planted seeds that led to the establishment of the Franklin Soccer School (FSS) in 2006. He has long been involved in soccer referee development in Massachusetts.

With partner Kevin Sayward, Rich created Downtown Sports which opened to the public in early 2018 to accommodate athletes of a variety of sports in a local venue. Kevin and Rich share the basic notion that mastering technique is the basis for fun, self-esteem, and subsequent opportunities. The mindset that the two specified at the beginning for FSS has been extended to our partners within Downtown Sports.

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Kevin Sayward - Coach Kevin

Founder

Coach Kevin grew up in Connecticut and enjoyed playing is favorite sports of soccer and basketball. He developed his game and earned All-Star honors at Connecticut College. He began coaching before arriving to Franklin and continued coaching his children in the Franklin Youth Soccer Association (FYSA), serving on the Board of Directors of FYSA, eventually as President.

With partner Rich Frongillo, Kevin created Downtown Sports which opened to the public in early 2018 to accommodate athletes of a variety of sports in a local venue. Kevin and Rich share the basic notion that mastering technique is the basis for fun, self-esteem, and subsequent opportunities. The mindset that the two specified at the beginning for FSS has been extended to our partners within Downtown Sports.

Read more about Coach Kevin.

Brien Keller - Coach Brien

Manager

Brien Keller has been involved in youth sports with a focus on teaching and learning for over 25 years. His connection to sports started at a young age where he was a decorated three-season varsity athlete in Soccer, Basketball, and Track.

After completing his undergrad degree at Rhode Island College, Brien has been employed as a teacher and after obtaining a Masters Degree in K-12 Education from Providence College worked as a principal for nine years.

Additionally, Brien has coached a number of different youth teams with a focus on Lacrosse and Basketball. This includes starting a lacrosse business eight years ago (Franklin Lacrosse Network) where he is a lead trainer, director of camps/clinics, administrates the Town Compact Lacrosse League, and provides consultation to local youth organizations. Furthermore, Brien has been a basketball coach at the High School level for 15 years, Metro Basketball for 5 years, and more recently has facilitated a number of basketball training clinics.

Brien lives in Franklin MA, with his wife Tricia and two sons that currently attend Franklin High School.