September 4, 2013

Dugan Named Head Coach at Wheeling Jesuit

from press release

WHEELING, W.Va. - Wheeling Jesuit University's Executive Director of Intercollegiate and Varsity Athletics Operations, Frank Bauer announced today that Kevin Dugan (MBA '03) will return to WJU as the head men's lacrosse coach.

"We are excited to have Kevin back on campus," said Bauer. "His previous success as a head coach coupled with an understanding of our Jesuit mission makes him a perfect fit, not just as a lacrosse coach, but as a leader and educator in our campus community."

"Kevin comes to us with a diverse background in coaching, service and international lacrosse development," adds Bauer. "We are thrilled to have someone with his experience guiding the young men in our lacrosse program, and enriching our community as a whole."

Dugan got his start coaching as a graduate assistant at WJU while earning his MBA during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. During that time the Cardinals posted an 18-9 record and earned the programs first ever top 10 national ranking. From there Dugan made stops at Gordon College and Yale University before being named the head coach at the University of Scranton. Dugan led the Royals to a 28-10 record in three seasons at the helm (2007-2009) before joining the University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse program as the Director of Operations for two seasons. Along the way, Dugan founded the nonprofit organization Fields of Growth, which runs the popular Lacrosse Volunteer Corps program in Uganda and Jamaica.

"I would like to thank Fr. James Fleming and Frank Bauer for the opportunity to coach and serve at such a special University," said Dugan. "I am excited to be at a place that has a restless desire for excellence coupled with the mission driven pursuit of advancing the common good. I feel at home here."

"I look forward to getting to work with the student-athletes on men's lacrosse team. More specifically, I am looking forward to spending time helping them get through the challenge of the untimely death of their beloved friend and teammate, Kevin Figaniak, who passed on just a few short days ago. I hope and pray we can honor Kevin's life with a spirited and passionate commitment to excellence," he added.

A former midfielder at Notre Dame, Dugan was part of the 2001 NCAA Final Four squad that went 14-2, falling to Syracuse in the National Semifinal. A graduate with a degree in Finance, Dugan earned Faculty Board of Athletics Academic Honors each semester. Dugan attended Christian Brothers Academy and is a native of Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ. He is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse Development Committee and enjoys traveling abroad to grow the game of lacrosse.


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