The newly created Youth and Community Programs division increases the involvement of Irish athletics to service and outreach
Kevin Dugan is entering his second season as Notre Dame's operations assistant. Dugan is a 2001 Notre Dame graduate and a former member of the Fighting Irish lacrosse team. He works with the Irish coaching staff on a daily basis to streamline the day-to-day operations of the program.
Dugan returned to his alma mater in 2010 following 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 has been very active and involved in international social justice issues. His organization, Fields of Growth International, was founded to use athletics as a community and human development tool in rural villages of Uganda, East Africa. 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. He is currently working with the Ministry of Sport and Education and the Federation of International Lacrosse on the formation of the Uganda Lacrosse Association.
In December of 2010, Dugan was instrumental in organizing the `Stand with Sudan' peace rally and the Playing for Peace 3v3 basketball tournament on the Notre Dame campus. Later that month, he ventured to Washington, D.C., along with Fighting Irish junior defenseman Jake Brems, and met with key policy makers to further Notre Dame's commitment to peace in Sudan by advocating for full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan.
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.