May 9, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Jebb Chagan has stepped down as head coach of the Villanova women's lacrosse program, it was announced today.
"Jebb has been an exemplary coach for the past seven years and represented the University and the women's lacrosse program in a first class manner," stated Villanova Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. "He has been instrumental in building this program and facilitating the transition to Big East Conference participation. At all times he placed the needs his student-athletes first, both on and off the turf."
Chagan, a graduate of Widener University, was named head coach in 2005 after serving one season as an assistant. In the year before he took charge the Wildcats were 2-13 and surrendered 197 goals while scoring 110. Over the following six years, Villanova charted a clear path to improvement, winning 35 games and transitioning from an independent into the BIG EAST, a league which boasted no fewer than five teams ranked in the national top 25 this season.
The Wildcats were twice cited by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) as one of the nation's most improved teams (2007 and 2010). Chagan departs Villanova with the most wins of any coach in program history.
"While I will miss Villanova, I am also proud of where the program is, at this moment," stated Chagan. "I look forward to witnessing great things from the program in the future and I am humbled to have played a small part. I am eternally thankful to our President, Rev. Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Vince Nicastro, and to everyone in the Villanova athletic department for their support over these last seven years".
A national search for a new women's lacrosse coach will begin immediately.