Duggins Named Inaugural Head Coach at Gardner-Webb

BOILING SPRINGS Gardner-Webb announced Jacquelyn Duggins as its first head women's lacrosse coach Wednesday, with the new program set to debut in 2015. Duggins comes to Gardner-Webb after one season as an assistant coach at Liberty, where she helped the Flames to 4-3 mark in the Big South Conference in 2013 and a program-record eight wins overall in the program's fourth season of existence.

"We have a tremendous fit for our university and an outstanding selection to anchor a new program in Jacquelyn Duggins," said Vice President for Athletics Chuck Burch. "Her energy and love for the sport of lacrosse is contagious. Her values and principles are properly aligned with the vision we have for our lacrosse program and its future student-athletes."

Duggins started her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Durham University in Durham, England, in 2011 and also has experience as an assistant coach at St. Anne's Belfield (Va.) High and as middle school coach with the Blue Ridge Lacrosse Club.

She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a degree in psychology, where she played with the Hokies' lacrosse team for three seasons. She started 45 games during that time, and was team captain in 2010. She collected 56 ground balls as a defender during her three seasons and forced 17 turnovers. Virginia Tech won 17 games during her career. She exhibited strong leadership on and off the field, earning the Atlantic Coast Conference Top Six for Service Award as one of Virginia Tech's six student-athletes recognized annually by the league for outstanding community service. Duggins played her freshman season at Old Dominion University.

"I am elated to become the head coach of the women's lacrosse program at Gardner-Webb University," said Duggins. "I am so very blessed to have the privilege of working with such an amazing athletics department.

"Chuck Burch and Pam Scruggs have impressed me with their genuineness and pursuit of excellence. I would like to thank Dr. Frank Bonner for the opportunity and for taking the time to talk lacrosse with me during my visit to campus. I cannot adequately express my passion and commitment to developing a quality lacrosse program at Gardner-Webb."

Duggins played at Albemarle (Va.) High in Charlottesville, Va., where she earned second-team All-Central Virginia honors as a junior and first-team honors as a senior. She earned All-Northeast Region honors twice and was named Albemarle's team MVP once. She also played field hockey on the prep level.

Gardner-Webb's new head coach will begin work this summer, recruiting and establishing a foundation for the school's 22nd NCAA Division I sport. The lacrosse program will compete as a member of the Big South Conference beginning with the 2015 spring season.


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