Springfield, Mass. - June 4, 2019 - Springfield College head coach Keith Bugbee has been named the 2019 Walter Alessi Man of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA).
The NEILA Man of the Year honor, named for legendary coach Walter Alessi, is presented annually to an individual who has worked tirelessly to promote collegiate lacrosse in New England. Bugbee was honored at halftime of the NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game, played on, May 31 at Johnson & Wales University.
Bugbee, who has coached 36 seasons at Springfield College, is a former president of the NEILA, and was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.
On May 4th of this season, when Springfield topped Coast Guard in the NEWMAC championship game, Bugbee reached the 400 win plateau. Already the winningest coach in New England lacrosse history, he became just the fifth coach in all of collegiate men's lacrosse to win 400 games, and the only to ever win his first 400 games at just one institution.
"Keith Bugbee has always been known as a coach who is loyal to his players, fellow coaches and the traditions of New England College Lacrosse. He has a rich 36-year history of service and accomplishments in many capacities, and after posting his 400th coaching win this year, it is very appropriate and an honor to present him this award," said Rick Senatore, Vice President of NEILA and head men's lacrosse coach at Franklin Pierce University.
Bugbee's teams have competed in 33 post-season tournaments, including 24 NCAA Tournaments, and this year made their 12th straight trip to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Forty nine of his student-athletes have received All-America recognition and in 1994, Bugbee guided Springfield to a NCAA Division II National Championship. Bugbee was honored in the New England Lacrosse Journal's "New England's Greatest Coaches" series as the No. 3 Greatest Coach in New England collegiate lacrosse history. He was named USILA Division II Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995, and earned Pilgrim League Coach of the Year Honors in 2003 and 2013.
A 1979 graduate of Keene State (N.H.) College where he lettered in lacrosse and soccer while earning his bachelor's degree in physical education, Bugbee received his master's degree in physical education from Springfield College.
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