Kevin Dugan founded Fields of Growth in 2009, in the middle of a promising career as a college lacrosse coach. He has since committed to running the organization full time.
The vision for the organization was shaped while Dugan was the head lacrosse coach at the University of Scranton. His experiences as a leader in their international service program led him to El Salvador, Ecuador, Jamaica and Uganda. Around the same time, Dugan became a clinician for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) and was being sent around the world to consult in the development of the FIL’s newest member nations.
Dugan’s work in international service and his travels with the FIL led to powerful intersection of passions – leadership, service and lacrosse, which are the three core commitments Fields of Growth came to be founded upon.
Dugan is a 2001 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a former member of the Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse team. After graduation Dugan went on to get an MBA at Wheeling Jesuit University where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons. Dugan, a former finance major, had a brief stint at Merrill Lynch, before going on to coach college lacrosse for six seasons. He made stops at Gordon, Yale and Scranton before spending two years as the Director of Operations for the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse program.
Dugan, a New Jersey native, now works fulltime as the director of Fields of Growth. He also works part time at the Federation of International Lacrosse, where he assists in advancing their mission to see lacrosse in the Olympics.