DURHAM, N.C. - The 2013 Duke men's lacrosse season gets underway in just four days as the No. 6 Blue Devils host No. 9 Denver Feb. 9 at 12 p.m. To celebrate the four days remaining until the season opener, GoDuke.com takes a look at the four former Blue Devils who are current Division I lacrosse head coaches: Dan Chemotti (Richmond), Kevin Cassese (Lehigh), Mike Murphy (Penn) and Taylor Wray (Saint Joseph's).
Chemotti, a 2002 graduate of Duke, took over as head coach of Richmond in October of 2012, after spending five seasons at Loyola University as the offensive coordinator, the last of which concluded with the Greyhounds claiming the 2012 Division I National Championship. During his tenure at Loyola, Chemotti helped the Greyhounds advance to four NCAA Tournaments and win at least a share of three ECAC Conference titles, while also seeing 30 players earn all-conference and 12 be named All-Americans. While at Duke, Chemotti led the Blue Devils to back-to-back ACC Championships and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals three times. Additionally, Chemotti was selected as team captain his senior year, and was awarded the school's Roy Skinner Award for Dedication and Sacrifice.
Cassese, a three time All-American, graduated from Duke in 2003 after serving as a two-time captain and garnering three All-ACC selections for a Blue Devil team that made three NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of ACC Championships during his career. After serving as an assistant at Duke from 2005-07, during which the Blue Devils advanced to the 2007 NCAA Championship game, Cassese spent one year at Stony Brook before being named head coach of the Mountain Hawks in 2008. Now in his sixth season at Lehigh, Cassese has had an immediate impact on the program, capped off by Lehigh's first Patriot League Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
Murphy enters his fourth season as head coach at Penn after spending seven seasons at the helm at Haverford College. In his time at Penn, Murphy has led the Quakers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006 and placed second in the conference standings during the 2011 season, the program's best finish since 1989. Murphy, a 1991 graduate of Duke with a degree in history and political science, was a three year starter for the Blue Devils, and served as a captain of the 1991 team.
Wray took over as head coach of Saint Joseph's in 2011 and quickly helped the Hawks make great strides. In 2012, Wray inspired a Hawk team that tied for eighth in the country in overall improvement, led the nation in win percentage increase and tied for fourth in the nation in biggest jump in total number of wins. Prior to taking over at Saint Joseph's, Wray coached at Lehigh University for four seasons. A 2003 graduate of Duke, Wray helped the Blue Devils to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances as well as back-to-back ACC Tournament titles in 2001 and 2002. In his senior season, Wray served as team captain and garnered the Eric Tyler Hardy Defensive Player of the Year award.
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