Brad Dunn recently wrapped his second season as the Head Coach of Lees-McRae mens' lacrosse in 2019.
Dunn helped the Bobcats double their win total from his first to second season as Head Coach. Along with the improved win total, Dunn helped the Bobcats establish new program records in points per game (18.43), goals per game (11.93), assists per game (6.50), shots on goal per game (23.14), man-up goals (20), man-down goals (4), caused turnovers (136), caused turnovers per game (9.71), points in a game (39) and goals in a game (24). Furthermore, Dunn helped coach Alec Molander to become the first three-time All-Conference player in the history of the program and saw four of his student-athletes receive Academic All-Conference honors.
Dunn put together a 2-7 record in his first season as the the head coach at his alma mater. Highlighting Dunn's first year was a 20-7 victory over Emmanuel College on April 7. The 20 goals scored by the Bobcats tied the program record for the most goals in a single game. During that game, junior attackman Alec Molander scored 10 points to power the Bobcat offense and a few days later he was named the Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week for his effort. After the season, Dunn saw two of his student-athletes land spots on the Academic All-Conference team and Molander was named the Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Dunn was announced as the new Bobcat Head Coach on September 7, 2017. 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 Banner Elk, N.C. with his wife of 13 years, Kayleigh and their three sons, Arch (8), Miller (5), and Banner (3).
Lees-McRae College Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Brad Dunn announced the hiring of Tim Cloud as the program’s new assistant coach on August 12, 2019. Cloud joins the Bobcats after spending this past year as an assistant coach at the Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina.
“I am very excited to join the team here at Lees McRae,” said Cloud. “I want to thank our Athletic Director Craig McPhail and Coach Dunn for giving me this opportunity. I believe the program is heading in a great direction and I can’t wait to get started!”
In addition to his coaching stint at the Asheville School, Cloud has also made coaching stops at his alma mater Queens University of Charlotte and with the Predator Lacrosse Club based in Annapolis, Maryland. At Queens, Cloud served as a volunteer assistant coach where he coordinated practice plans, organized the team’s man-down defense and face offs to go along with other duties. During his time with the Predator Lacrosse Club, Cloud worked with aspiring collegiate athletes to get recruited. He also helped grow the organization from three teams to 10 teams during his five year stint with the organization.
“I am so excited to bring on Coach Cloud!” Dunn said of Cloud joining his coaching staff. “He has truly hit the ground running and is bringing a new level of excitement. His deep knowledge of lacrosse, especially in the Carolinas, is going to be a tremendous asset to our program. I cannot wait to let him grab the reins of the defense and help drive our program forward for many years to come!”
As a player, Cloud also brings with him a lengthy resume. Cloud was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference Midfielder for Queens. He helped the Royals capture the regular season title along with the tournament championship back in 2014. He graduated from Queens holding school records in games started, minutes played and caused turnovers. Prior to his college career, he starred at Severna Park High School in Maryland and helped his team win the 2010 3A/4A State Championship.
“I am looking forward to watching Tim’s growth with our men’s lacrosse program,” said McPhail. “He has an energetic personality with a drive to get better daily which is critical for our young men.”
Cloud is a 2015 graduate from Queens University of Charlotte with a degree in communication and a minor in entrepreneurship.