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Flagler announces addition of lacrosse and outdoor track programs

Sep 16, 2019

The Flagler College administration and athletics department announced the addition of four NCAA athletics programs: men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s outdoor track and field, and women’s outdoor track and field in the Flagler Room of the Ponce de Leon Hall Monday afternoon. These additions will bring the total number of Flagler College’s sport offerings up to 20.

Artist rendering of lacrosse field and stands.Flagler is in the early stages of implementation of its 2025 Strategic Plan, “A Life Well-Lived,” and staff see this announcement as one important element in contributing to a plan goal of furthering a vibrant campus culture. The new athletics programs are the result of an exhaustive study conducted by the athletics administration and are in direct response to interest from campus leadership, student groups, and community members who want to see this type of NCAA competition level on campus.

As another effort to bridge more community relationships, this programming endeavor includes a partnership with St. Augustine High School. Flagler’s track and field programs will practice and compete at the St. Augustine High facility while various sports teams from the high school will have the opportunity to play select games and matches at Flagler’s athletics facilities. This partnership will be beneficial to many students at both schools and will provide further enhancement of the bond between Flagler College and the St. Augustine community.

Monday’s announcement included the release of renderings for a new lacrosse facility at the Flagler College Athletics Complex on Old Moultrie Road. Vice President for Advancement Kristy Myers officially launched the fundraising campaign for the new facility, which will include a state-of-the-art synthetic playing surface, grandstand, locker rooms, concessions and abundant parking. The anticipated completion date for the lacrosse facility is August 2021.

“This is a very special day for Flagler College, our athletics program, and the St. Augustine community,” said Jud Damon, Flagler’s director of athletics. “While today’s announcement is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a great number of people, it is also in many ways just the beginning of an exciting new era for us.”

Flagler’s current head cross country and indoor track and field coach Brian Beil will officially assume head coaching duties for the outdoor track and field program effective July 1, 2020. A two-time Peach Belt Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year, Beil has spent the past eight years building the Flagler cross country and indoor track programs into national contenders. This past season, Beil picked up United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) Southeast Region Women’s Coach of the Year accolades after guiding the women’s cross country team to a Peach Belt Conference title and berth in the NCAA Division II National Championships in Pittsburgh.

Longtime Flagler club coach Brian Duncan will become the first head coach in the program’s history on July 1, 2020. A former collegiate lacrosse standout at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Duncan began his coaching career at the Community College of Baltimore County Essex where he served as an assistant from 1999 to 2003 before ascending to head coach in 2004. That season, Duncan led CCBC Essex to a 19-0 record and the NJCAA national championship while being named National Coach of the Year. Duncan’s other coaching stops included Division I Jacksonville University, the Bolles School and Florida Tech before being named the head coach of Flagler’s club program in September 2015.

A national search for Flagler’s inaugural head women’s lacrosse coach will commence in March 2020 with an official start date set for July 1, 2020.

In May, the Peach Belt Conference simultaneously awarded Flagler College its first Commissioner’s Cup and its eighth Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award. That was the first time an institution received both awards in the conference’s history. The Commissioner's Cup is presented annually to the conference's best overall athletics program based on regular season standings and select championships. The Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award is presented annually at the conclusion of each academic year. Flagler received the Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award six consecutive years (2010-16) and has now added two more awards to its total (2017-18 and 2018-19).

For more information on this announcement, please contact Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Communications John Jordan at 904-819-6465 or jjordan@flagler.edu. For more information on Flagler College athletics, please visit the website https://flaglerathletics.com/.

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