On Sept. 30, 2009, Bill Dunn was promoted to head coach of the NYIT lacrosse program replacing now Head Coach Emeritus Jack Kaley. With the full-time role, Dunn became the fourth coach in program history and also became the strength and conditioning coach for the department. Prior to being named head coach, Dunn came to NYIT in 1999, serving as an assistant and defensive coordinator for a team that won three national championships in his tenure.
Since taking the head coach position in 2010, Dunn posts an overall record of 68-22 for a .750 winning percentage.
The 2014 and 2015 campaigns nearly mirrored each other, as the Bears finished 12-4 overall and 7-1 in the ECC, earning the second seed in the conference tournament. Last season NYIT advanced to the ECC Championship Final after defeating Mercy 13-7 in the semifinals. Four players received USILA honors, headlined by three-time recipient Luke Miller. The four-time ECC All-Conference pick also earned his fourth consecutive major conference award as he was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year-Along with the 2014 USILA Division II Player and Attackman of the Year awards. Nine Bears received All-ECC honors.
Finishing at 12-3 overall and 6-1 in the ECC in 2013, No. 4 NYIT returned to the NCAA Tournament, drawing a first round game against local Adelphi. Despite scoring five in the last quarter, the Bears fell 14-11 to conclude the season. Danny McDermott and Luke Miller earned their second and first First Team All-American accolades, respectively. Ryan Brunet was awarded Second Team All-American inclusion as well.
The Bears made a strong run for a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 but fell short with a 13-3 overall record and an 8-2 East Coast Conference mark that was good for third place. NYIT had a total of eight Bears earn All-ECC honors including ECC Goalkeeper of the Year Billy McGee and ECC Rookie of the Year Luke Miller. Adding to NYIT's long tradition of All-Americans were McGee, Jason Smith and Danny McDermott, who earned first team honors, and Justin Annunziato, who was named honorable mention All-America. The awards did not stop there as Smith was named a COSIDA Academic At-Large All-District I first team pick.
In 2011, Dunn directed NYIT to a 10-4 record and a 7-3 ECC mark. The season was highlighted by a 10-7 upset of then-No. 3 Dowling. Again, NYIT had an opportunity to return to the NCAA Tournament but with a late season 10-8 edging at No. 3 Mercyhurst, the Bears' chance was lost. Six Bears received All- ECC accolades, while four were named USILA All-America — Ryan Amengual, Joe Herman, Chris Lubin, and Brian Mangan.
NYIT produced a solid 9-4 overall record and 6-3 ECC mark in Coach Dunn's first season. Six were named All-ECC, while four were named USILA All-America. Matt Sullivan was the lone first team selection, while Austin Carino, Pete Raab, and Kevin Hennessy were second team honorees.
Overall, Dunn has produced 23 USILA All Americans, one national Player of the Year (Luke Miller-’14), one Attackman of the Year (Luke Miller-’14), and one Long Pole Midfielder of the Year (Danny Mcdermott-’14). He has been named ECC Coach of the Year twice(2013 & 2014). Has had the ECC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year twice, ECC Offensive Player and Goalie of the Year three times, ECC Rookie of the Year twice, 44 Bears have garnered All-ECC honors under Dunn’s tutelage.
Prior to his time at the helm, the Bears compiled a 114-21 record, advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament five times, and won the national title three — in 2003, 2005, and 2008. Dunn was named the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Division II Outstanding Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007.
A native of Hicksville, N.Y., Dunn graduated from Hicksville High School and played for SUNY-Cortland from 1977 to 1980. A defenseman, Dunn helped Cortland to three straight SUNYAC Championships and three trips to the NCAA Division II tournament, including one appearance in the national championship. Upon graduating, Dunn taught physical education and coached lacrosse and football at MacArthur, Hicksville, Kellenberg Memorial, and Long Beach high schools.
At Kellenberg, where Dunn founded the lacrosse program, he was named the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Coach of the Year and the Man of the Year twice. He led teams to the CHSAA finals three times. Dunn also has coached and played for the North Hempstead Lacrosse Club and served as defensive coordinator for the Empire State Games Team Long Island three times.