After a season that saw FAU win more Sun Belt Conference games than ever before, women’s basketball coach Chancellor Dugan will be getting a new contract.
Dugan was in the last year of her current deal, but Athletic Director Craig Angelos said he is pleased with the way the program has progressed the last two seasons.
“It’s moving in the right direction,” Angelos said. “I think there has been some progress in the last couple of years.”
Dugan is 137-183 in 11 seasons at FAU and led the Owls to their only NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005 when they won the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. However, when FAU moved from the A-Sun to the Sun Belt the program struggled for two seasons before showing some improvement in the last two seasons.
FAU was 12-17 and 9-9 in the Sun Belt in 2008-09 and last season was 14-15 and 10-8 in the conference.
“I don’t think anyone knew the monster we were taking on,” Dugan said. “It was a daunting task, but I think we contended in the league this year and we are moving in the right direction.”
However, in each of the last two seasons, FAU lost first-round games in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament to lower-seeded teams.
Angelos was not happy with the early exits in the Sun Belt Tournament, but said the whole body of work Dugan has done since moving to the Sun Belt was enough to reward her.
“I think it’s the right thing to do,” Angleos said. “I would have felt a lot better about it of we had won a game in the conference tournament or something like that. ”
There was some question if Dugan would be retained, but after meeting with Angelos when the season was over, the decision was reached that Dugan had the program moving forward.
“There were some nervous moments along the way this season,” Dugan said. “But considering we’ve had to lay the foundation twice, I think we’ve done a good job.”
The length and terms of a new contract are still being negotiated.
And there could be even brighter days ahead for the FAU women’s basketball program.
Dugan’s incoming recruiting class is loaded with quality players – including 5-foot-7 guard Takia Brooks, a nationally-ranked player.
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FAUOwlAccess.com’s weekly podcast Owl Talk with Brian Rowitz focused on the players who hope to land pro contracts for this week’s NFL Draft and of course, Saturday’s Spring Game.
We also posted our preview of this weekend’s baseball series at Louisiana-Monroe.
Check back later today for football coverage from the last spring practice of the season and we’ll have coverage of the baseball game including live updates as we follow the action in Monroe, La.
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3:30 p.m. Football, Spring practice
8 p.m. Baseball, FAU at Louisiana-Monroe
2 p.m. Football, Spring Game
5 p.m. Baseball, FAU at Louisiana-Monroe
Following spring football game, Pride Night, Forkas Alumni Center
11 a.m. Baseball, FAU at Louisiana-Monroe