Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/10/20
From Press Release
Senior LSM Frank Krug (La Salle) became the first-ever DeSales University men’s lacrosse player to sign a professional contract Saturday when he inked as a free agent with the Philadelphia Barrage of the Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
Krug is set to graduate from DeSales next week finishing his career as the NCAA Division I, II, and III all-time leader in caused turnovers with 226. He led NCAA Division III in caused turnovers in 2017 and was tied for the lead this season before it was cancelled because of COVID-19.
He was named a USILA Honorable-Mention All-American in 2019 and was All-MAC Freedom 3x including First-Team in 2018 and 2019. Krug ranks third all-time in DeSales history in ground balls (332).
DeSales caught up with Frank after he signed his contract with his family surrounding him (photo to the right):
Q: Describe the conversation with the Barrage when you learned they were interested in signing you.
FK: “I received a text from Coach/GM Spencer Ford on Thursday (May 7) congratulating me on being signed to the Philadelpia Barrage. Then Friday we officially talked about contract specifics and what is expected of me come the start of the season. Coach Brian Herrington (an Assistant for the Barrage) is the one who told Coach Ford about me and how I have overcome adversity in my lacrosse career. He told me that he wants me to bring my underdog mentality and competitive edge to training camp. Coach Ford is a passionate coach. You clearly hear it in his voice when talking to him has the want and will to win. I can’t wait to play my part on the team and give him all I got.”
Q: When does practice start/season start at this time?
FK: “The plan as of now is for MLL games to begin July 4th. There will be a training camp some time before that. The season will consist of eight regular season games.”
Q: Give me a brief overview of your excitement and feelings about being the first pro lacrosse player in DeSales history.
FK: “I was in shock all day on Thursday after receiving that text. Never did I ever expect this opportunity. The first thing that I did after receiving the text was go to DeSales. I sat on the field and took everything that was happening all in. There are so many people that made this opportunity possible for me, starting with my parents. My mom driving me around to all my different practices as a kid, to my Dad never missing one of my games. They have shown me nothing but support since I first had a stick in my hands. My brothers have always been there to at my games and at points they were even my biggest critics when I really needed it, especially my brother Johann (who will be attending DeSales next year).
“Ultimately it is the coaches who shaped me into the player I am today. In high school at LaSalle coach Patric Lacon is the one who pushed me to stick with lacrosse even when the times were tough. When I made it to the top in high school learning from defensive guru (also Team USA coach), Tony Resch, further helped me to sharpen my craft. Finally, I will never forget the moment I stepped into Coach Brancaccio’s office to talk about joining the team and I thought coach Matt Maccario was his body guard. All jokes aside Coach B has done a great job building a championship culture at DeSales surrounding himself with coaches like coach Maccario, coach Sean Collins, coach Jared Kaden, and coach Paul Mess. Together they’ve brought in talented players who have a championship mindset.
“I wish my career at DeSales could have ended differently but I will never forget the memories made with every person I interacted with at DeSales. Being the first player in DeSales lacrosse history to go Pro is humbling. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the people that helped me get here, I am forever grateful. I am looking forward to further proving myself at the professional level.”