Bellarmine names Louisville native as women's basketball coach

Chancellor Dugan (Source: Bellarmine University Athletics)
Chancellor Dugan (Source: Bellarmine University Athletics)

LOUISVILLE, KY – In a return to her Derby City home, Chancellor Dugan was named the sixth head coach in the history of the Bellarmine University women's basketball program by Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt on Friday morning.

"We are very excited to welcome Chance to the Bellarmine family," Wiegandt said.  "She brings a great amount of knowledge and experience in the game, and we are looking forward to the future of Bellarmine basketball."

Dugan, a Sacred Heart Academy graduate, spent the last 13 seasons as head coach at Division I Florida Atlantic University, leading the Owls to their respective conference postseason tournament each year.  In 2005-06, she led FAU to an Atlantic Sun Championship and earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

"Chance Dugan is a highly successful and widely respected women's basketball coach in both NCAA Divisions I and II," Bellarmine University President Dr. Joseph J. McGowan said.  "A Louisville native, Sacred Heart alumna, and formidable former GLVC competitor, Chance knows Bellarmine very well and fully endorses and embraces the challenges and opportunities provided by the University's Vision 2020.  She is a first rate person and teacher who brings great excitement, energy, and passion to the game.  I am confident that she is the right person to bring our women's basketball program to the nationally competitive level Bellarmine University's Knights Nation has come to appreciate and enjoy."

Dugan takes over a Bellarmine basketball program that has made 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament since 1986, and has captured four regional championships.

"It is a great honor and privilege to accept the head coaching position at Bellarmine," Dugan said.  "I promise Knights Nation that you will get nothing but my very best, and my goal is to bring a national championship to Bellarmine."

Bellarmine fans may recognize Dugan from her time at Great Lakes Valley Conference rival University of Southern Indiana, where she coached the Screaming Eagles to four NCAA Tournament appearances in eight seasons from 1991-99.

The 1996-97 season was one for the record books, as Dugan and the Screaming Eagles made an appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championship, finishing the campaign at 30-2, including a perfect 20-0 record in GLVC play and parlaying a 29-game win streak through the Great Lakes Regional Championship and Elite Eight in Grand Forks, N.D.

In 1997-98, Dugan picked up GLVC Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive season, leading USI to the another regular season title and capturing the inaugural GLVC Tournament at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

Dugan has compiled a career record of 320-290 (.525) in 20 seasons, and her players have accumulated a combined eight first team all-conference (GLVC, TAAC/Atlantic Sun, Sun Belt) selections, nine second team, 13 third team/honorable mention, two all-conference freshman team honors, four conference players of the year, one defensive player of the year, and one freshman of the year awards.

A four-year letterwinner for Eastern Kentucky University (1978-82), Dugan was a three-year starter and finished her junior and senior seasons as the Lady Colonels' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from EKU and a Master of Arts in Physical Education from Morehead State University.

An introductory news conference for Dugan will take place in Knights Hall at a date to be determined.  Information will be announced on the Bellarmine Athletics website.

Chancellor Dugan's Coaching Credentials

- Head Coach, Florida Atlantic University (1999-2012)
- Head Coach/Assistant Athletic Director, University of Southern Indiana (1991-1999)
- Assistant Coach, Eastern Kentucky University (1989-1991)
- Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Morehead State University (1986-1989)
- Assistant Coach, University of Alabama (1985-86)
- Head Coach, George West (TX) High School (1983-1985)

(Source: Bellarmine University Sports Information Department.)