February 7, 2014

Drugan to take over UT Dallas women's soccer

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Kanute Drugan, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division III women's soccer history, has been named the new head women's soccer coach at The University of Texas at Dallas. Drugan, who will be just the second head coach in the program's history, plans to be on campus later this month.

The selection was announced Friday by interim athletic director Bill Petitt.

Drugan, who coached at both Aurora and Washington College, brings to UTD an impressive resumé that includes eight NCAA Division III National Tournament appearances. Drugan boasts a 239-106-16 career record in 17 seasons as a collegiate coach. He ranks in the top 30 NCAA D-III all-time in both winning percentage and total wins. Additionally, he ranks in the top 50 in career wins among all three NCAA divisions.

"Kanute Drugan emerged as our top choice from a national search that had many highly successful head coaches interested in UT Dallas," said Petitt. "Not only is he one of the most decorated women's soccer coaches in NCAA Division III history, but we felt his attitude and approach to building a quality program was a perfect fit. We want to develop a positive experience for all our student-athletes, and to compete at a national level annually. I believe we have found the coach who can accomplish both of these goals."

Drugan earned most of his success while serving as the head women's soccer coach at Aurora. In his 15 years with the Spartans, Drugan's teams achieved 229 wins, 13 regular-season conference championships and 11 conference tournament championships, including seven straight from 2005-11. Drugan's squad was ranked in the final national Top 25 poll on three occasions at Aurora, ending the 2002 season ranked ninth, 25th in 2007, and 8th in 2011. Aurora finished the season regionally ranked eight times in his final 10 seasons with the program.

"I am thrilled about the opportunity and excited about the future of women's soccer at UT Dallas," said Drugan.  "I am humbled and grateful for the faith and confidence those involved in the selection process demonstrated in offering me this opportunity.  I am impressed with their effort and the effort of everyone involved in the UTD Athletics Department. I feel welcomed by all. It is a tremendous honor and I feel blessed to be a part of the UT Dallas community."

Drugan was a seven-time conference Coach of the Year while at Aurora, claiming Northern Illinois Iowa Conference (NIIC) honors in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2005, and Northern Athletics Conference (NATHC) recognition after the 2006, 2007 and 2010 seasons. In his 15 seasons with the Spartans, Drugan coached 93 first team all-conference honorees, 13 all-region performers and 12 conference Players of the Year. In addition, Drugan's squads boasted the highest team grade point average among all of Aurora's varsity sports during each of his 15 seasons, annually earning a National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award.

Drugan has equally been involved in the coaching community, serving seven years on the NCAA D-III Regional Advisory Committee for the Central Region. For eight seasons, he served as his conference's women's soccer committee chair and nine years as the commissioner of the City of Aurora Sports Festival.

After being part of a university-wide downsizing at Aurora, Drugan took over a struggling women's soccer program at Washington College in July 2012. In his first of two seasons with the Shorewomen, Drugan guided Washington to the best-ever conference record in program history and the squad's best winning percentage in more than a decade.

"To all our current players and alumni," continued Drugan, "please know I will do all I can to provide the direction and leadership required to help our women's soccer program realize our full potential and achieve our individual and collective goals."

A native of Salineville, Ohio, Drugan is a 1977 graduate of Ohio University, earning his bachelor's degree in English and government.

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