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Bill Bergan

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Bergan enters his 27th year as head lacrosse coach at Clarkson beginning in 2014. The winningest coach in the programs storied history.

Bill Bergan enters his 27th year as head lacrosse coach at Clarkson beginning in the fall of 2014. The winningest coach in the programs storied history, Bergan has compiled 186 victories and has guided the Green and Gold back among the nations elite over the past few seasons. Though Clarkson missed the NCAA Tournament by just one game in 2013, the Knights have reached the tournament twice since 2002 and have once again emerged as one of the top teams in the Liberty League and New York Region. The Golden Knights completed their recovery from a down season three years ago with three straight Liberty League Tournament appearances, and posted a 10-6 record in 2013, coming up a goal short in overtime of winning the conference tournament. With a young team in 2014, the Golden Knights missed the Liberty League Tournament for only the third time in the past 12 seasons, but still managed a .500 record overall (7-7). In 2002, Bergan led the Golden Knights to one of their best seasons ever and was named UCAA Coach of the Year. Bergan guided the Green and Gold to an 11-2 overall record, the UCAA title with a 6-0 league mark, and back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 years. Bergan became the fifth lacrosse coach in the Knights history when he was appointed in January 1989. In his first 25 years at the Clarkson helm, Bergan has guided the Knights to six postseason appearances, including two ECAC Tournament and four NCAA Tournament berths (1991, 1992, 2002, 2004). As a rookie head coach in 1989, Bergan led the Knights to their second straight ECAC Upstate New York Championship. Bergan was named Empire Athletic Association (EAA) Coach of the Year in 1993. During his tenure, 16 players have achieved All-American honors. Prior to coming to Clarkson, Bergan served as an assistant coach for Division I Dartmouth College for one season. He was also an assistant coach at SUNY Geneseo in 1987. A 1986 graduate of Hobart, Bergan was a two-time first-team All-America midfielder and a member of four Division III national championship lacrosse teams with the Statesmen from 1983-86. A four-year starter, he earned a host of honors during his playing career and was named Division III Midfielder of the Year in 1986. He was also selected for the prestigious Senior North-South game and acted as a tri-captain for the North squad. Bergan was inducted into Hobarts Athletic Hall of Fame in October 1998. He also served as a head coach in the 1999 North-South Game and helped guide the North squad to a come-from-behind overtime victory. This past fall, he earned yet another high honor when he was selected to the Upstate New York Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.