Bill Bergan enters his 31st year as head lacrosse coach at Clarkson beginning in the fall of 2017. The winningest coach in the program’s storied history, Bergan has compiled 212 victories in his 30 seasons and has guided Clarkson to four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Since the advent of the conference tournament in 2003, the Golden Knights have qualified for the postseason 12 times in 16 seasons, claiming the conference post-season title in 2004. Prior to that, Bergan led the Golden Knights to one of their best seasons ever in 2002 and was named UCAA Coach of the Year. Bergan guided the Green and Gold to an 11-2 overall record, the UCAA title with a 6-0 league mark, and back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 years.
Bergan became the fifth lacrosse coach in the Knights’ history when he was appointed in January 1989 and he has guided the Knights to six postseason appearances outside of the conference tournament, including two ECAC Tournament and four NCAA Tournament berths (1991, 1992, 2002, 2004).
As a rookie head coach in 1989, Bergan led the Knights to their second straight ECAC Upstate New York Championship. Bergan was named Empire Athletic Association (EAA) Coach of the Year in 1993. During his tenure, 20 players have achieved All-American honors. Prior to coming to Clarkson, Bergan served as an assistant coach for Division I Dartmouth College for one season. He was also an assistant coach at SUNY Geneseo in 1987. A 1986 graduate of Hobart, Bergan was a two-time first-team All-America midfielder and a member of four Division III national championship lacrosse teams with the Statesmen from 1983-86. A four-year starter, he earned a host of honors during his playing career and was named Division III Midfielder of the Year in 1986. He was also selected for the prestigious Senior North-South game and acted as a tri-captain for the North squad. Bergan was inducted into Hobart’s Athletic Hall of Fame in October 1998. He also served as a head coach in the 1999 North-South Game and helped guide the North squad to a come-from-behind overtime victory. Bergan earned yet another high honor when he was selected to the Upstate New York Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and he was recently added to the Legends of Placid Lax for his involvement in the Summit Classic since the event's inception in 1990.
A native of Syracuse, NY, Bergan graduated from West Genesee High School in 1982. He earned a pair of master’s degrees from St. Lawrence in the late 90s, including a degree in counseling and another in school administration. Bergan, who is also Clarkson’s Golf Coach and Director of Physical Education, makes his home in Potsdam with his wife Rosanne and their two children, Billy and Caroline.
Last Updated: 3/23/19
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