Entering his sixth season as head coach, Jebb Chagan has steadily charted a course of improvement over his tenure at the helm. Twice in the last four seasons, the Wildcats have been recognized by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as one of the nation's most improved teams, earning that distinction in both 2007 and 2010.
On the field, Villanova posted an 8-8 record in 2010 as it made its debut in one of the nation's strongest lacrosse conferences, the BIG EAST. In the year prior to Chagan's debut as head coach, the Wildcats won just one contest.
Chagan's 30 career victories are the most in program history.
Under Chagan's stewardship the Wildcats have thrived off the field as well. Ten Wildcats were honored as Academic All-Stars by the BIG EAST Conference in 2010, including Sarah Berger, Amanda Hirschfeld, Maggie Langan, Rachel Lasda, Julia Lull, Caroline Miller, Mia Naccarato, Kyler O'Shea, Erica Rybinski, and Kim Wisniewski. The team has earned a 3.0 grade point average or higher in every one of Chagan's ten semesters as head coach.
Chagan's association with Villanova began in 2005, when he served as goalie coach under former head coach Shannon O'Neil. Chagan then succeeded O'Neil in the top spot following the 2005 season.
The Wildcats posted a 3-14 record in Chagan's 2006 debut as he implemented a new system for a club that had won only two games in the previous two seasons. However, the seeds for future success were sown and begun to pay dividends.
In 2008, Villanova faced a series of injuries, including one that cost it midfielder Erica Rybinski for the entire season. The Wildcats completed the season with a 4-13 record. With a healthier roster, Villanova hit its stride in the second half of 2009 to finish 8-8.
In 2010, the `Cats continued to make strides as they acclimated themselves to the BIG EAST. Justine Donodeo scored 47 goals and Erica Rybinski led VU with 29 assists as VU made its mark with determined and competitive play in its new conference home.
Chagan came to Villanova from Chestnut Hill College where he was the head women's lacrosse coach from 2003-05. During his stint at Chestnut Hill, Chagan recruited the largest incoming freshman class in the program's history, improved the quality of the schedule to include both locally and nationally ranked opponents, oversaw successful team fundraising efforts and implemented a team-required community service program.
Prior to his stay at Chestnut Hill, Chagan was an assistant coach and goalie trainer at Saint Joseph's University from 2001-04. In 2003, the Saint Joseph's goalies ranked 11th in Division I in goals allowed. Chagan also served as the assistant women's soccer coach at Saint Joseph's from 2001-04.
Chagan has had extensive high school coaching experience as well. He was the head boy's lacrosse coach at Friends' Central School from 1998-99 prior to serving as the assistant coach from 1996-98. He was also the goalie coach for both the boy's and girl's programs at Friends Central from 1998-2000.
Chagan was a goalie at Widener University from 1994-96. In 1996, he ranked in the top five for save percentage in the Mid-Atlantic Conference as a member of the Widener University Mid-Atlantic and Hudson Valley Conference Championship team. Chagan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education from Widener in 1996.
Chagan and his wife Julie welcomed their first child in 2010 and make their home in Upper Darby, Pa.