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On July 1, 1999, Chancellor Dugan became the third head coach in Florida Atlantic women's basketball history. Ten-consecutive conference tournament berths later, she has overseen the Owls transition into the competitive Sun Belt conference.
In 2009-10 Dugan led the program to new heights in their fourth season in the Sun Belt Conference. The Owls won a program-high 10 Sun Belt Conference games and finished as the No. 5 seed in the Sun Belt Tournament. Overall, FAU finished the year 14-15, their highest win total since the 2005-06 season when Dugan led the Owls to their first ever NCAA Tournament berth.
In the 2008-09 regular season, FAU continued to show improvement in the very competitive Sun Belt Conference. The Owls doubled their overall win total from six wins a year ago to 12, and more than quadrupled their conference win total from two to nine. In the process, the Owls picked up landmark; first-ever conference wins over ULM, North Texas, Arkansas State and Denver. They also defeated two teams that would later qualify for the NCAA Tournament, Conference USA tournament champ UCF on November 22, and Middle Tennessee on February 21. The win over the then-No. 25 ranked Blue Raiders is the first time the Owls have picked up a win over a Top 25 team in Division I.
Despite having an undermanned roster in 2007-08, Dugan and the Owls were able to land a couple of milestone victories in Sun Belt conference play. On February 2, FAU held off Louisiana-Lafayette 65-62 for their first ever conference road win. Later that month, the Owls defeated rival FIU 64-59 to get their first win over the Golden Panthers since 1996.
The 2006-07 season featured FAU move into the eighth toughest RPI conference in the NCAA. The Owls finished their opening campaign with a 6-25 record, but ended the regular season with two consecutive conference victories. Dugan earned her 100th win at Florida Atlantic with an 88-77 victory over Akron on November 17, 2006.
She led FAU to the top in 2005-06, guiding the program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993 and first Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. Her squad went 20-11 on the year - the best win total in 13 seasons - and recorded its best season in the A-Sun, going 16-4 and finishing second in the regular season.
The Owls were second-to-none in the A-Sun tournament and moved on to face SEC power Louisiana State University in the first round of the San Antonio Regional. Florida Atlantic made its presence felt against the Tigers, holding the lead midway through the first half before succumbing to the eventual national semifinalist.
Prior to Dugan's arrival, no FAU team had posted a winning record in A-Sun play.
Over the past few seasons, Dugan's teams have boasted some of the top-scorers in their conference. Mistoria Brown completed the 2006-07 campaign seventh in the Sun Belt with 14.2 points-per-game. Shontavia Williams, who averaged 16.0 points her senior year in 2005-06, earned first team A-Sun honors.
Dugan's success at FAU was no surprise based on her eight years as head coach at the University of Southern Indiana (USI). There, she became the school's winningest coach with 159 wins and a winning percentage of .685. Fan interest in women's basketball soared during her tenure, as USI finished in the top 10 for Division II attendance three-consecutive years and averaged a record 1,453 fans in 1996-97.
Dugan was selected Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998, a span in which USI was a combined 56-4 overall and 37-1 in conference play. She led her team to GLVC regular-season titles in 1995, 1997 and 1998. USI won the GLVC's inaugural postseason tournament in 1998.
Dugan's success is even more pronounced when the pre-Dugan era is considered at both FAU and at USI. In the three seasons before Dugan became head coach in 1991, USI went a combined 11-72 (Dugan averaged 20 wins per season for eight years). Before Dugan, USI had never won more than 16 games in a season (Dugan's teams won at least 17 for six consecutive seasons).
Under Dugan, FAU has averaged 14 wins in seven years; in the previous six seasons, the Owls averaged nine wins. Florida Atlantic's average of 11 conference wins in the Dugan era came after the team had never won more than eight A-Sun games in a single season prior to her arrival.
The Louisville, KY, native graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and received a master's degree from Morehead State University in 1989. While an undergraduate at EKU, Dugan was a three-year starter and finished her junior and senior seasons as the team's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer.
Upon graduation, she took the head coaching job at George West High School in George West, TX, where she guided the team to a 56-30 record in three years. She also served as an assistant coach for Eastern Kentucky (1989-91), Morehead State (1986-89) and the University of Alabama (1985-86).
Dugan is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Birthplace: Louisville, KY
Education: Eastern Kentucky '82 (B.A. Physical Education); Morehead State University '89 (M.A. Health)
Played at EKU: 1978-1982
Seasons at FAU: 11 (Entering 12th season)
Record at FAU: 137-183
Overall Record: 296-256
DUGAN COACHING EXPERIENCE:
1983-85: George West HS (TX) - Head Coach
1985-86: Univ. of Alabama - Assistant Coach
1986-89: Morehead State - Assistant Coach
1992-99: Univ. of Southern Indiana - Head Coach
1999-Pres: Florida Atlantic - Head Coach
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