Dugan to Talk About Importance of Passion & Service to HS Teams

The North American Lacrosse Invitational (NALI) is pleased to announce that Fields of Growth founder and Wheeling Jesuit head men’s lacrosse coach, Kevin Dugan, will serve as the keynote speaker to over 500 high school lacrosse players at NALI, one of the nation’s most competitive high school lacrosse tournaments. The event is held annually and will take place this year on May 17th and 18th at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

After leading the Cardinals to their most successful season in program history this past spring one might think Dugan was being recognized for his leadership on the sidelines, however the NALI committee invited him to speak several months ago to talk about how he started the non-profit, Fields of Growth, and developed their thriving Lacrosse Volunteer Corps (LVC) program in Uganda and Jamaica.

“Kevin’s work with Fields of Growth and his LVC program is an incredibly creative intersection of education, service and lacrosse,” Said Hugh Mahler, NALI event director. “I am thrilled to have him talk to these young men about how he has intersected his passion for the game of lacrosse with advancing the common good.”

Kevin Dugan is coming off his first season as the head coach at Wheeling Jesuit University, in Wheeling, WV. Dugan made a splash in his debut season with the Cards leading the WJU men’s lacrosse team to a 10-3 record and a top 15 national ranking. This past season Dugan was recognized as ECAC Coach of the Year. However, what might be equally as impressive is his Lacrosse Volunteer Corps program in Uganda and Jamaica. To date, Dugan has brought nearly 150 coaches and athletes to developing countries to Coach, Serve and Learn in his LVC program.

Dugan is a 2001 Notre Dame graduate and a former midfielder on the Fighting Irish lacrosse team. He also served as Notre Dame’s Director of Lacrosse Operations during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Prior to his return to Notre Dame, Dugan had three successful seasons as the head coach at the University of Scranton. He inherited a Scranton program with a 3-12 record and with just one recruiting class he had the Royals turning in a school-record 12-5 season. In just his third season, Dugan led Scranton to a birth in the Landmark Conference championship game. While at Scranton, he served as a member of the USILA top-20 poll committee.

In 2006, Dugan was an assistant coach at Yale University after successfully turning around the fortunes of Gordon College, an NCAA Division III program located in Wenham, Massachusetts, where he served as its head coach from 2003 through 2005. After a 4-9 record in his first season, Gordon College improved to 9-6 in 2005, which led to his recognition as the Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year.

Off the field, Dugan remains very active and involved in humanitarian efforts in Uganda and Jamaica. His organization, Fields of Growth International, was founded to use lacrosse as tool for human and community development in Uganda, East Africa and has since grown to Jamaica. Dugan has served as a global ambassador of the sport, working as a clinician with the Federation of International Lacrosse in France, Spain, Mexico, Jamaica and Guatemala.

A native of Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J., Dugan graduated from Christian Brothers Academy and received his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. He earned a monogram as a midfielder on the 2001 national semifinalist squad.

While at Notre Dame, Dugan had great success in the classroom and was a member of the Faculty Board of Athletics Academic Honor Roll every semester. He went on to earn his M.B.A. at Wheeling Jesuit University, before being employed in the Global Markets and Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch in New York, N.Y.