Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/7/19
From Press Release
Lehigh head men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese has finalized his coaching staff for the upcoming year, announcing the addition of Upper Dublin grad Jack Deragon as assistant coach on Wednesday.
The former Ithaca All-American goalkeeper comes to Lehigh following two seasons at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. Deragon joins Cassese, associate head coach and defensive coordinator Will Scudder, and assistant coach and offensive coordinator John Crawley to round out the coaching staff. Deragon will serve as the goalie coordinator and assistant defensive coordinator.
“We are excited to welcome Jack to the Lehigh Lacrosse family,” said Cassese. “He is a Pennsylvania native who had an impressive collegiate career as a goaltender at Ithaca College, which is a very well-respected program amongst the entire college lacrosse world under Hall of Fame Coach Jeff Long.
“Jack also has two years of coaching experience under his belt while working with and learning from Coach Eric Seideman at Mount Saint Mary College. I am excited for Jack to get to work with our goaltending unit and assist Coach Scudder with the defense. His knowledge, work ethic and leadership skills will add tremendous value to our program.”
At Mount Saint Mary, Deragon served as defensive coordinator and goalie coach, directing the defense, man-down defense, riding/clearing game and more. He also worked with goaltender development while creating and developing a leadership development program for current and rising leaders on the team.
Under his tutelage, a pair of defenders received All-Skyline Conference recognition in both 2018 and 2019. During Deragon’s first season of 2018, the Knights’ defense decreased its goals against average by nearly three goals from the previous season while turning a 6-10 record in 2017 into a 12-7 mark and trip to the program’s first-ever Skyline Conference Championship Game.
As a player, Deragon was a four-year member of the Ithaca men’s lacrosse program. As a senior, he posted conference bests in goals against average (7.62) and save percentage (58.3), amongst the national leaders in both categories. Deragon was rewarded with USILA third team All-America recognition, along with Empire 8 Goalie of the Year and ECAC Division III North Defensive Player of the Year honors. Deragon was also named All-Conference and All-Region.
Deragon served as team representative then later assistant director of Ithaca’s Student-Athlete Advisory Boards (SAAC). He served as senior captain and took part in the department’s Leadership Academy, which instructs rising leaders in the athletics department.
Lehigh ended 2019 with a 9-8 record, advancing to its second straight Patriot League Championship Game and fifth in the last eight years. Despite facing several significant injuries, including to key players, the Mountain Hawks battled and went on to beat three nationally-ranked opponents and give themselves a chance until the very end.