Updated: Apr 2, 2020
Head Coach Chancellor Dugan had plenty to celebrate on her birthday. Just the week before, Bellarmine University announced its move to the Atlantic Sun Conference, boosting her women's basketball program from NCAA Division II to Division I. With the move, Bellarmine becomes the eighth DI university in the state of Kentucky and the second in the city of Louisville.
Thankfully, Dugan and her staff are no strangers to DI basketball. Prior to her tenure at Bellarmine, Dugan was the head coach at Florida Atlantic University, which competed in the ASUN at the time. During the 2005-06 season, her Owls won the conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Dugan will have another chance to accomplish this feat starting with the 2020-21 season. Bellarmine, however, must wait until the 2024-25 season to compete in the national tournament.
While Dugan is certainly enjoying the possibilities of recruiting and competing at the highest level, she has made sure not to discount this last year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Coming off a post-season run that ended in the GLVC championship game, the Knights return four starters, including All-GLVC first and third team members Mikayla Berry and Mallory Schwartz. Before making the big jump, Dugan and her squad have all intentions of finishing their time at the Division II level with a championship.