Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/14/15
From Press Release
The Immaculata University Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia Canterino is pleased to announce Hugh Donovan has been hired as the head coach of the Mighty Mac men’s lacrosse program. In addition to being the head coach of the lacrosse team, Donovan will serve as the manager of intramurals within the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Canterino said, “We are very excited to bring Hugh Donovan on to lead our men’s lacrosse team and intramural program. He has great experience at a number of levels as both a head and assistant coach. I think he’ll prove to be a great asset to our department and a perfect mentor to the lacrosse team.”
Donovan comes to Immaculata after serving as head coach at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland for the previous four seasons. Donovan compiled a record of 37-29 over his tenure, and earned bids to the Region XX Championships in all four seasons. His team’s best season came in 2013 when Harford went 12-6, advanced to the Region XX Championship game, and later earned an at-large bid into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament.
Donovan was a two-time NJCAA Region XX Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Donovan also made two stops as an assistant prior to becoming a head coach. He served as an assistant as the defensive coordinator at Bucknell, his alma mater, for two years, and then went to Mount Saint Mary’s as an assistant for two years before entering a professional lacrosse career.
Currently, Donovan serves as the director of the Mid-Atlantic region for the Brine National Lacrosse Classic.
Donovan’s five-year professional career spanned indoor and outdoor leagues for the Baltimore Thunder, Pittsburgh Crossfire, Washington Power, Colorado Mammoth, Philadelphia Wings, and Baltimore Bayhawks. He made five playoff appearances and was on the MLL Championship Baltimore Bayhawk team in 2001.
Before his successful professional lacrosse career, Donovan was a stand-out at Bucknell as a defenseman. He was an Honorable Mention All-American in 1996 as well as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Patriot League. He was First Team All-Patriot League his junior and senior seasons and Second Team All-Patriot League in his sophomore season. Donovan was also a captain his junior and senior season, and a member of the All-Decade Team for the Patriot League in 2000. Later, he was inducted into the Bucknell University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
Donovan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bucknell in 1996.
The Mighty Macs will play their first game of the 2015 season at home on February 24th against Hood at 4 p.m.