Press release blog.
Oregon Men’s Lacrosse is excited to announce that after a nationwide search Associate Head Coach Jon Bongiorno has been tapped to replace Coach Eckenroad as our next head coach after his resignation. In this capacity, Coach Bongiorno will oversee day to day on field operations as well as assisting our Board of Directors as he oversees and helps to organize our camps, clinics, annual evaluations and acts as recruiting coordinator.
We believe Coach Bongiorno is more than qualified having been with the program in various capacities for the past 8 plus years, and a full time assistant for the last 6 season. In that time he’s helped the Ducks reach an impressive .687 win pct. 3 Conference titles, and 4 straight national tournament appearances. He’s been involved in lacrosse either playing or coaching since 1988. Coach Bongiorno is dedicated to Oregon Men’s Lacrosse, and we feel strongly that he is the right man to help lead this program and bring us back to where people expect Ducks Lacrosse to be.
“I am excited to be given this opportunity. We’re on the verge of something very special here, and I couldn’t be more proud to help lead these young men on and off the field.” says Coach Bongiorno. “I will enjoy working with players to ‘be their best’ while helping build the program back to prominence in the MCLA. I think it’s a great partnership which will only help grow the national reputation and on field success of Oregon Men’s lacrosse.”
The 2016 season will also welcome a new assistant coach/defensive coordinator. Coach Bongiorno is very happy to add Markus McCaine to his staff. Markus McCaine comes to Eugene after a season as the head coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide. During his time with the tide, McCaine posted a final record of 5-7, while leading the Crimson Tide defense to its lowest total goals allowed (112) and goals against average (9.33) in program history. While at Alabama, McCaine coached two All-SELC players. Prior to which, McCaine spent time as an assistant coach under Coach John Galvin and the Colorado Buffaloes. He helped lead the Buffs to the 2014 Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference Championship. The Buffs then received the No. 2 seed in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Tournament and would go on to win the 2014 MCLA National Tournament, posting a final record of 18-2. While at Colorado, McCaine coached nine MCLA All-Americans.
McCaine played in college for the University at Buffalo as a short stick defensive midfielder. In 2010 he was a 3rd team All-Conference selection. In 2011, McCaine helped lead Buffalo to its first ever PCLL Conference Championship and a berth in the 2011 MCLA National Tournament. He earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors during the 2011 season. In 2012, McCaine was a captain for the Bulls and helped them win a second straight PCLL Championship and advance to the MCLA National Championship Quarterfinals.
Oregon Men’s Lacrosse is excited to get back on the field and begin the journey to the MCLA championship. Our goal is to be one of the best lacrosse teams in the MCLA. As a member of the PNCLL, The Ducks compete against the top MCLA programs from across the US and Canada.
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