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Amanda Daniels enters her first season as the head women's lacrosse coach at Denison in 2014. Daniels comes to Denison after five seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Morrisville State College (N.Y.).
At Morrisville State, Daniels posted a 41-41 record while leading the Mustangs to the program’s first North Eastern Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship in 2012. That season she was named the NEAC Coach of the Year after her squad posted a program-best 13-6 record after going 9-0 in conference play.
Prior to her head coaching stint at Morrisville State, Daniels spent one year as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach and assistant women’s soccer coach at Hamilton College (N.Y.). While at Hamilton, Daniels helped guide the women’s lacrosse team to a 21-1 record and the program’s first NCAA Division III Championship in 2008. As a member of the women’s soccer coach staff at Hamilton in 2007 that team would go on to post a 16-2-2 record while advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals.
A 2003 graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Daniels was a four-time first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection in women’s lacrosse. She was a part of two MAAC Tournament championship teams and two NCAA Division I Tournament teams in in 2002 and 2003. She served as a team captain in 2003 and left Le Moyne with 190 career points. Daniels was also a four-year member of the women’s soccer team at Le Moyne where she led the Dolphins in scoring as a senior.
After graduating Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in English and communication, Daniels would go on to receive a masters’ degree in New Media from Syracuse University’s esteemed SI Newhouse School of Communications in 2004. While attending graduate school, Daniels spent one season as a part-time assistant coach at Le Moyne.
Following graduate school, Daniels would spend one year as the head lacrosse coach at Uppingham School in Rutland, England. After returning to the United States in the fall of 2005, Daniels accepted a position with Windstar Studios as an account executive, video editor and script writer. In 2007 Daniels would make her return to coaching at Hamilton.
Denison women’s lacrosse boasts one of the top winning percentages of any NCAA Division III program at 372-169-4 (.686). Daniels is the 10th head coach in the program’s 38-year history.
Mike Deegan has served as the head baseball coach at Denison since 2013. Prior to coming to Denison, Deegan spent nine seasons on the Marietta coaching staff, helping guide the Pioneers to three NCAA Division III national championships (2006, 2011, 2012), six NCAA regional berths, and four Division III championship appearances. In nine seasons with Deegan on staff, Marietta won 30 or more games eight times, and they posted an overall record of 326-111 (.745).
Deegan served as the recruiting coordinator at Marietta and was the team's hitting instructor. In 2012 the Pioneers hit .331 as a team with a .414 on-base percentage. Marietta outscored its opponents 419-152 last season. In addition to his responsibilities with the baseball program, he served as a special assistant to the athletics director and was the Marietta Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor. Deegan spent 2007 serving as the head coach of the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. That season Deegan led the Copperheads to the most wins in franchise history (25), and the best postseason finish in franchise history. He was named the GLSCL Manager of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
A 2001 graduate of Marietta, Deegan was a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team selection in 1999 and 2001. He was a major contributor on four OAC Championship teams, two NCAA Mideast Regional championships and two NCAA Division III Championship appearances. In his senior season, he started all 58 games, hit .393 with 46 RBI, seven home runs and a team-high 17 doubles. That season the Pioneers advanced to the national championship game. Prior to his graduation he was awarded the Way-Weigelt Award which goes to the top senior male student-athlete at Marietta. The award is based on scholarship, leadership, character and sportsmanship. Deegan received his bachelor's in management, and in 2006 he earned his master's degree in education from Marietta.
Jane Dougan earned an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Columbus State Community College. She started at Denison in 2001 in the Dance Department as an Academic and Production Assistant. In 2003 she moved to the President’s Office supporting Institutional Research and the Affirmative Action/Diversity Programs area. After a restructuring of the Diversity area, she moved to the Provost’s area supporting the Associate Provosts of Diversity and Faculty Development.
Nancy earned her B.A. in history with honors from The College of Wooster. Nancy has 24 years’ experience in higher education and non-profit institutional fund raising, working most recently at the Columbus Museum of Art and Kenyon College on capital campaigns. She joined the Denison staff in 2010 as a Development Officer. When not on campus, she spends time with alumni and parents in the New York City, Philadelphia and Boston areas along with greater New England and Northeastern Ohio.
Erik S. Farley graduated from Denison University in 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He earned a master of arts in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University (EMU), where his experience included two years as an academic intervention specialist in EMU's Holman Learning Center and an administrative internship in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Ursuline College.
Farley's work at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., as the Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs, included serving as the administrative department head for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and director of their Diversity Center. His primary objective was to actively develop and sustain various aspects of multiculturalism throughout the university and Fox Cities communities in general, and the division of Student Affairs in particular. He established working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community agencies based on the importance of diversity in leadership development. He also helped establish Lawrence’s Posse Foundation, Inc. partnership with the New York site office.
Currently, Farley serves as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs at Denison University. His responsibilities include providing the overall design and coordination of programming with regard to diversity and multi-cultural relations. He organizes and conducts the Paving the Way pre-orientation to assist traditionally underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural and social climate at Denison University, as well as collaborates with other academic and administrative offices in collecting, analyzing and disseminating data on multi-cultural students including longitudinal retention studies. Farley also oversees the Posse program at Denison as its Program Director.
Joshua Finnell has served as the humanities librarian at Denison since the fall of 2009. Finnell came to Denison from McNeese State University where he spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Library Science. His work has appeared in Library Philosophy and Practice, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and New Library World.
Mark FitzPatrick has served as the head men's and women's track and field coach and assistant cross country coach at Denison since the fall of 2010. FitzPatrick came to Denison from Washington & Jefferson where he has spent eight years as the head cross country and track and field coach. A six-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, FitzPatrick led his squads to four PAC championships during his tenure.
In 2011, FitzPatrick led his women’s track and field squad to its third PAC title. The Presidents’ captured nine event titles en route to a 10-point victory over Westminster. Following the meet FitzPatrick was presented with his sixth Coach of the Year award. At the conclusion of the 2011 season FitzPatrick was named the USTFCCCA Mid-East region women's track and Field Coach of the Year. He also guided the men’s track & field team to their first PAC Championship in 2010, powered by seven event championships.
Prior to accepting the position at Washington & Jefferson he spent three seasons as the head track & field coach at Hiram College. While at Hiram he led the Terriers to their best finish in conference history and coached five individual conference champions. Before taking over at Hiram, FitzPatrick served as the assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse from 1998-2000 where he coached seven Division III All-Americans and helped the Eagles to three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. FitzPatrick also spent two seasons as the assistant cross country and track and field coach at Allegheny College from 1996-1998, helping train five national qualifiers in cross country and track.
A 1995 graduate of Fairfield (Conn.) with a double major in philosophy and political science, FitzPatrick went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise and sports science from UW-LaCrosse.
Brian Flynn, Program Administrator, has a Masters in Business Administration and has experience at several private Montessori schools as an administrator and treasurer. Brian has ten years of experience being a practice partner for his two daughters in the program, Kethry and Ceridwyn Hunter.
Judy began working at Denison in 1998 in what was then known as the Records and Research Department. The area has evolved to become Advancement Services, where her responsibilities include working with the Major Gifts group on large and complex gifts, liaison with the Investment Office to facilitate gifts of securities and serving as the Matching Gift Coordinator for Denison. She is pursuing a business degree from The Ohio State University.
Michelle joined the Denison community in 1987, as an Administrative Secretary in the Information Group. In 1994, she became the Class Notes Editor and a Records Analyst within the same division of Denison. She is primarily responsible for editing the submitted class notes, for writing up the obituaries for Denison Magazine, and for the alumni bio-demographic updates and additions to the university database.
Laura received a B.A. from Denison University and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Laura worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, for three years and then Vice President and General Counsel for a real estate investment firm for 13 years. Laura returned to the Denison community as a Development Officer in 2010, and works with alumni, parents, and friends in Colorado, Chicago, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Minnesota, and on the east coast of Florida.
Mary earned a B.A. in Spanish and political science from Denison, and she holds a graduate paralegal certificate from Texas State University. She returned to Denison in 1997 after working for more than 20 years in the special events and convention management field. Mary currently serves as director of special events for the donor relations and advancement areas.