Rick Houston, NCAA.COM
CARY, N.C. -– There once was a time at Franklin Pierce, and it really wasn’t all that long ago, that an appearance in the Division II championship tournament was the stuff of pure fantasy.
In 1998, the year before head coach Jayson King arrived on campus, the Ravens were 8-21. Worse still, the program had limped to a woeful mark of 40-103-2 in the five years BK — Before King. Never had the school won more than 11 games in a single season, never even had so much as a whiff of playing .500 ball.
King came on board in 1999 and went 17-22 that first year. The school has not had a losing season since, and following a steady climb out of mediocrity, the Ravens have advanced to the DII national championship tournament for the sixth time since King took the helm.
There was no secret formula, no magic that was performed to make the turnaround happen.