Stephanie Henry has been a fan of Penn State football since before she could walk.
Stephanie’s dad went to the college and she followed in his footsteps, graduating in 2007. When her boyfriend Frank Curreri, who is in his 12th season of coaching at Calvert Hall College High School in Maryland, were slated to visit the campus for a tournament, Stephanie tagged along to visit her alma mater as well.
What Stephanie didn’t realize was that Frank had been conspiring behind the scenes with Penn State athletics, arranging to pop the question in the most meaningful way he could think of.
“Because I knew we were going to be there in a couple of weeks, I wanted to do right by Stephanie and do the best thing I could think of, and all the other ideas were just OK but didn’t give it that wow factor,” Frank said.”So, I said, what could be better if I get the big guy involved and shock her, and make this thing happen? The guys at Penn State were incredibly gracious.”
The “big guy” in question is head coach of Penn State Football James Franklin. After Frank’s team advanced to the semifinals of the tournament it was the perfect time to give Stephanie the shock of her life. Stephanie had left campus to do a little shopping when she got a text from Frank, asking her to return to the field. When she got there she immediately spotted Coach Franklin on the sidelines.
Starstruck, she texted a friend to say, “Holy smokes, Coach Franklin is 50 feet away from me.” Next thing she knew the coach was striding towards her, hand extended. After introducing himself he told her, “I found something on the field that I think you dropped.”
The coach then pulled out a ring box and handed it to Frank, and then the jig was up. Stephanie suddenly realized what was happening and was over the moon with excitement! Players from all over the field came by to cheer for the couple as Frank knelt down and asked Stephanie that all important question: will you marry me?
Of course she said yes.
The couple knows that they’ve already won the ultimate prize and what better way to celebrate than having your favorite football team cheering you on.
They’ve already started planning their wedding, which we can say for certain won’t take place during football season. The only question is if Coach Franklin will attend!
Coaches are important figures in student athletes’ lives, so it’s great to see one being included in such a memorable event! We wish the newly-engaged couple nothing but love, joy, and touchdowns as they start their lives together.
Watch the sweet proposal surprise in the video below, and don’t forget to share.
"I found something on the field that I think you dropped." Penn State Football coach James Franklin helped create a magical moment for this newly engaged couple. https://abcn.ws/2Y9mzFa
Posted by ABC News on Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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