In the 70-year history of LeMoyne College, the Dolphins have had one National Championship coach. Dan Sheehan is that coach. And he — and his NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse team — has done it not once, not twice, but five times.
LeMoyne’s initial crowning moment came in 2004. Other D-II titles came in 2006, ’07, ’13 and ’16. A year ago, his Dolphins capped a perfect 20-0 season by winning the 2016 DII National Championship.
That 20-win campaign marked the most victories ever by an unbeaten D-II National Champion.
Of five undefeated D-II champions, three were coached by Sheehan.
Dan was an outstanding player before becoming a young collegiate head coach. A member of Hall of Famer Mike Messere’s 1990 and ’91 undefeated New York State champions at West Genesee, he went on to play at Ithaca College (Class of 1995).
Sheehan was also a member of the 1992 USA Under 19 National Team that won the World Championship.His spectacular 20-year LeMoyne record is 283-49 (an .852 winning percentage), tops among active D-II coaches. During the 21st century, the ledger is 271-31 (.894).
His most-decorated senior class? That was a decade ago, 2007 … the 2004-05-06-07 teams won 63 of 66 games and three times were National Champions.
Over the last decade-and-a-half, his teams have been an annual staple in the NCAA Tournament and atop national scoring and defense statistics.
As one might expect, LeMoyne dominates play in the Northeast-10 Conference. Beginning in 2000, Dan’s teams compiled seven consecutive unblemished NE-10 marks, winning 70 conference games in a row. He has coached over 90 USILA All Americans and 15 USILA Academic All Americans
Wife Kate is a LeMoyne grad. They live in Camillus and are the parents of three children.
The 2000 Division II Morris Touchtone National Coach of the Year, Dan was the 2013 Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association D-II Coach of the Year.
And now, Dan Sheehan becomes a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2017.
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