Bill Dunn has continued NYIT’s strong legacy in men’s lacrosse as he enters his ninth season as the program’s head coach in 2018.
Dunn has produced a 95-30 overall record (.760 winning percentage) and 56-12 East Coast Conference record (.824) during his tenure. He twice has earned the conference’s coach of the year award.
In 2017, the Bears went undefeated in league play during the regular and postseason en route to the ECC title and finished with a No. 6 national ranking.
Dunn’s student-athletes have earned 32 first-team USILA All-America, including 13 on the first team. The squads also have produced five USILA Scholar All-Americans, one CoSIDA All-American, and 26 first-team All-ECC awards since 2010. He also has produced one USILA Player of the Year (Luke Miller in 2014), one USILA Defenseman of the Year (Jon Lynott, 2016), and two Midfielders of the Year (Danny McDermott, 2014; and Ian Prate, 2017).
NYIT lacrosse players also have scored in the classroom under Dunn. Fifteen members of the team achieved at least a 3.2 GPA during the spring 2017 semester and qualified for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. The squad also has regularly performed community engagement, including the Christmas Carnival at the Cohen's Children Cancer Hospital and cleaning the banks of Lake Ronkonkoma.
Dunn also serves as the head strength and conditioning coach for NYIT Athletics.
Prior to ascending to the head coaching position, Dunn served as an assistant to Hall of Fame coach Jack Kaley during the final three of NYIT’s four Division II national championships.
A Hicksville High School graduate, Dunn played for SUNY Cortland from 1977 through 1980. A defenseman, he helped Cortland to three straight SUNYAC championships and three trips to the NCAA Division III tournament, including one appearance in the national championship game.
Upon graduating, Dunn taught physical education and coached lacrosse and football at MacArthur, Hicksville, Kellenberg Memorial and Long Beach high schools.
At Kellenberg, Dunn founded the lacrosse program and twice was named the Catholic High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year and the Man of the Year. He led teams to the CHSAA finals three times. Dunn also has coached and played for the North Hempstead Lacrosse Club and served three times for Team Long Island in the Empire State Games.