Flagler coach looks forward to starting lacrosse

Many college coaches do not get a chance to start a program from the ground up. They generally have to inherit a program from the previous coach.
Brian Duncan, Flagler College’s first head men’s lacrosse coach, will be able to start his program from scratch. The Saints debut in the spring of 2022.
This is not the first time Duncan, who has coached for more than 20 years, has been part of a new collegiate program. He was part of the inaugural staff at Jacksonville University. In 2010, the Dolphins posted a 6 to 7 overall record in their first season.
Not only does Duncan have collegiate experience, he has coached on the professional level. He served as the offensive coordinator for the Florida Launch (2017-18) and helped guide the team to its first final four appearance in Major League Lacrosse.
Duncan is very familiar with Flagler, having served as its club coach since 2016. Making the transition from a club sport to varsity is a challenge he embraces.
Duncan has been in the Sunshine State for a decade and has seen the high school ranks swell from 90 teams to now where there are close to 300 programs (boys and girls) in the FHSAA.
“There is a lot of talent coming out of Florida,” said Duncan. “There are a lot of good coaches that have moved here, so I believe our base has become stronger as a result.”
Although the deeper the talent pool gets in Florida, Duncan knows he needs to recruit nationally to bring in the best talent he can to the Ancient City.
“I will look at all of the players in Florida, but we are not focusing only on Florida kids,” said Duncan. “We will have a nationwide scope to get the right kind of guys into our program."
Duncan, a former midfielder in his playing days at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, won a national title in 2004 at the Community College of Baltimore County Essex and was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year.
“We are up tempo,” said Duncan. “We are going to push the ball, especially with the new shot clock (80-seconds). We are going to be very aggressive with our defensive players pushing the ball early. People will like watching us play.”
Scheduling games is not a concern for Duncan.
“I have a lot of friends who are coaches in the Carolinas who have already reached out to schedule us for 2022,” said Duncan. “I want to play all of the Florida schools, go up to the Carolinas for a couple of games, and then get some of the northern and western schools as they come through to play. We will look to play around 14-16 games every year.”
A second major priority for Duncan, outside of recruiting players, is fund raising for the new lacrosse facility to be located at the Flagler College Athletics Complex on Old Moultrie Road.
This facility will include a state-of-the-art synthetic playing surface, grandstand, locker rooms and concessions. The anticipated completion date for the new facility is August 2021.