Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00
The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation has promoted William Dunn to head men’s lacrosse coach. Dunn has served as assistant coach, defensive coordinator, and strength and conditioning coach for the team for the past 10 seasons.
“It is truly an honor being selected as the next head coach at NYIT,” said Dunn. “Following in Jack Kaley’s footsteps is a major endeavor, and my staff and I look forward to this challenge. We have a very impressive group of players this year, and plan on many successful seasons to come.”
During Dunn’s tenure as assistant coach, the Bears compiled a 94-15 record, advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament five times, played in the national championship game three times, and won the national title twice—in 2003 and 2008. At NYIT, Dunn has coached three United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Defensemen of the Year and one USILA Goalie and Player of the Year. Nine of his defensive players have received USILA First Team All-American honors, six have received USILA Second Team All-American honors, and six others have received USILA Honorable Mention All-American honors. In 2008, Dunn was named the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Division II Outstanding Assistant Coach of the Year.
Dunn graduated from Hicksville High School and played for SUNY-Cortland from 1977 to 1980. A defenseman, Dunn helped Cortland to three straight SUNYAC championships and three trips to the NCAA Division II tournament, including one appearance in the national championship. Upon graduating, Dunn taught physical education and coached lacrosse and football at MacArthur, Hicksville, Kellenberg Memorial, and Long Beach high schools.
“After an extensive search, it is a profound pleasure to introduce William Dunn as the next head lacrosse coach for the NYIT Bears,” said NYIT Director of Athletics Clyde Doughty Jr. “Having worked with legendary coach Kaley for 10 years, I know coach Dunn is equipped to meet the challenges of a very demanding Division II lacrosse environment. I have the utmost respect for his coaching abilities, and his quality relationships with our student-athletes and NYIT staff members. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue our working relationship as we try to keep the Bears in the hunt for a national championship.”
At Kellenberg, where Dunn founded the lacrosse program, he was named the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Coach of the Year and the Man of the Year twice. He led teams to the CHSAA finals three times. Dunn also has coached and played for the North Hempstead Lacrosse Club and served as defensive coordinator for the Empire State Games Team Long Island three times.