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Head Coach Keith Bugbee

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Head Coach Keith Bugbee Keith Bugbee enters his 29th season as head men's lacrosse coach and assistant professor of physical education at Springfield College in 2012. Under his direction, the Pride is one of the top programs in the country. Bugbee's coaching record stands at an impressive 303-145 (.676 winning percentage). In 2003, he became one of only four active coaches in Division III with over 200 victories.

Bugbee's teams have competed in 24 post-season tournaments, including 15 NCAA Tournaments, and won a national championship. 41 of his players have received All-America recognition, including Bob Felt, who was voted the 1994 U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II Player of the Year.

Bugbee was named the USILA Division II Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995. He coached the North team in the annual North-South All-Star Game in 1995 and was the coach for the West squad in the annual New England All-Star Game in 1986. Bugbee served as president of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.

In 2011, Bugbee became just the seventh coach in NCAA men's lacrosse history to reach the 300 career win milestone after he bested Mass. Maritime, 21-4, on April 23. The following Saturday, Bugbee's squad toppled MIT, 15-5, bringing Bugbee's win total to 301 as he passed legendary coach Dick Garber for the most wins in New England Lacrosse history.

For for the fourth-straight season and 10th time overall, Springfield won the Pilgrim League Championship in 2011. Led the two-time Pilgrim League Player of the Year, Mark Eaton, Springfield went 11-6 on the season before bowing out to Endicott in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2010, Springfield hoisted its' ninth overall Pilgrim League Championship trophy, and third-consecutive title. The Pride hosted Widener in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and won by the score of 7-1. Springfield's season came to a close in the second round of the national tournament at Salisbury State, as it was once again eliminated by a participant of the national championship game. Eight players were selected Pilgrim League All-Conference squad, including Springfield's third-straight Pilgrim League Player of the Year.

The 2009 campaign resulted in the Pride capturing its eighth Pilgrim League crown. Earning a home game in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the Pride made light work of Mount Ida, winning by a 21-4 count. For the second-straight year, Springfield then headed out to for a second-round battle at Cortland State. Going up against the eventual NCAA National Champion, the Pride's comeback fell short as it lost, 15-12. The Pride landed eight players on the All-Pilgrim squad, including the Pilgrim League Player of the Year Jake Beebe and Rookie of the Year, Mike Delia.

The 2008 season saw the Pride cruise through Pilgrim League play undefeated en route to winning the program's seventh Pilgrim League crown. Earning a home game in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Bugbee's troops dispatched Kean, 17-2, before fighting valiantly in a 12-9 loss to eventual national-runner up, Cortland State, in the second round. The Pride were led by eight All-Pilgrim honorees, including Chris Sharpe, who was tabbed the Player of the Year.

In 2007, Springfield advanced to the championship game of the Pilgrim Lacrosse League for the eighth consecutive year. Seven SC lacrosse players earned All-Pilgrim League recognition in 2007, including Rookie of the Year Joe Heney.

After starting off the 2006 campaign slowly, recording a 2-3 mark in its first five games, the Pride responded by rattling off victories in 11 of its next 12 games, which included an eight-game winning streak. SC captured its fourth-straight Pilgrim League Tournament title, beating WNEC for the championship in a double-overtime thriller, 12-11. In doing so, the Pride earned its 11th berth in the NCAA Tournament. SC's season unfortunately ended with a second-round loss in the NCAA Division III Tournament at Middlebury College.

Bids to the NCAA Tournament are hard to come by, but they are the norm at SC. In 2004 and 2005, the Pride clinched back-to-back Pilgrim Lacrosse League titles and reached the NCAA Tournament. In 2005, SC won 12 consecutive games, including a pair of victories in the Pilgrim League Championship, before ending its season against Wesleyan in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Pride finished the 2004 season with the nation’s fifth-ranked scoring offense (14.53 goals/game) and rolled to an 8-0 mark against league competition, including a pair of wins in the conference tournament. Making the program’s seventh appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament, SC fell at Stevens Institute of Technology, 8-4, in a second-round match-up. Two of Bugbee's stars, Paul Purdy and Taylor Brown, were named honorable mention All-Americans, and Purdy was tabbed the Player of the Year in the Pilgrim League.

In 2003, Bugbee was named the Pilgrim League Coach of the Year after leading the Pride to an 11-5 record and the NCAA tournament. SC fell at eventual national runner-up Middlebury College, 11-9, in a second-round game.

In 2001, Bugbee led SC to a school-record 16-2 mark and a No. 5 final national ranking. The Pride defeated Eastern Connecticut State, 11-9, in a first-round NCAA Tournament game played on Benedum Field, before falling at No.1-ranked Gettysburg (Pa.), 16-12. Springfield led the nation in scoring (17.78 gpg) and scoring margin (+11.67 gpg) while winning its second consecutive Pilgrim League Championship. SC, which was ranked as high as No. 3 nationally, had six players named All-American, including former Boston Cannons goalie Jeremy Platt.

In 2000, the Pride finished the season ranked No. 20 after falling in overtime at RIT, 13-12, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. SC was ranked No. 12 in 1999 after compiling a 12-5 record. SC finished 12-4 in 1998 and captured its second ECAC Division III Championship. The Pride also won ECAC Championships in 1989, 1993 and 2002.

In 1994, Springfield captured the NCAA Division II National Championship with a 15-12 victory over New York Institute of Technology to finish with a 12-2 record. The following year, Springfield compiled a 13-1 mark with its only loss coming against Adelphi, 12-10, in the NCAA Division II Championship title game.

Bugbee is a 1979 graduate of Keene State (N.H.) College where he lettered in lacrosse and soccer while earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education. He received his master’s degree in physical education from Springfield College.

Assistant Coach Pete Sessa

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Sessa and Runyon Currently pursuing a Masters degree in Athletic Administration, Sessa will serve as Springfield's recruiting coordinator as well as working with the defense, face-offs, and goalkeepers. A 2010 graduate of Springfield, Sessa had a standout career as a longstick midfielder. An All-Pilgrim League selection twice, a second-team All-New England honoree, as well as a three-time all-academic team honoree, Sessa anchored a defense that ranked seventh nationally in goals against average as junior and 14th as a senior. After Springfield, Sessa spent eight months in England playing for the Reading Wildcats, who won the Flags Championship. In addition, he coached at three universities (Southampton, Royal Halloway and Reading University) and worked as a physical education teacher at five primary schools and three high schools.

Assistant Coach Shawn Runyon

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Sessa and Runyon Runyon will make the transition from the field to the sidelines in his first season as an assistant coach working with the Pride's offense. Runyon had a decorated career at Springfield which concluded last spring after he paced Springfield to its fourth-straight Pilgrim Lacrosse League title. A two-time Pilgrim League All-Conference selection, Runyon became the 30th player in program history to reach the career 100 point milestone and became Springfield College's 45th All-America selection in men's lacrosse program.

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