BANNER ELK, N.C. – Lees-McRae College's Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail announced the hiring of Brad Dunn as the school's next Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Thursday. Dunn, who is a graduate of Lees-McRae, played lacrosse for the Bobcats from 2002-2006.
"I want to thank Craig McPhail for the opportunity to come back to Banner Elk," said Dunn. "I love Lees-McRae especially Bobcat Lacrosse. I am looking forward to recruiting young men and their families to Banner Elk, and retaining them through passion for the school and team."
Dunn spent the past two years as the Head Coach of the Coastal Carolina club lacrosse program. In his first season as a Chanticleer, Dunn led the team to a Southeast Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Northeast Region Title and a trip to the SELC playoffs. The 2017 program also placed eight players on the All-SELC team under Dunn's tutelage. The Chant offense averaged just under 10 goals per game (9.88) more than doubling that average from the previous year.
Prior to arriving at Coastal Carolina, Dunn had a four-year stint as the Head Lacrosse Coach at Hidden Valley High School. During his tenure as the Head Coach at Hidden Valley, Dunn led the program to two consecutive Virginia High School Club Lacrosse State Tournaments (2014, 2015). Dunn worked with the Board of Directors to earn the program's Virginia High School League (VHSL) membership. In Hidden Valley's first year in VHSL competition, the Titans qualified for the 4A South Regional Tournament. Dunn developed multiple All-District players in his time at Hidden Valley as well.
"Brad set out on this path almost a decade ago and to be able to provide him the opportunity to come back to his alma mater to lead our men's lacrosse program means a lot to me, but also for our alumni, young men and potential recruits," McPhail said. "Brad is a man of character, a father, a husband and loyal to Lees-McRae. He can identify and associate with most everyone on our campus and community to help further raise the level of our program."
Dunn currently resides in Conway, S.C. with his wife of 12 years, Kayleigh and their three sons, Arch (7), Miller (4), and Banner (2).