Fund for Football Excellence Honors Legacy of Legendary Coach
Oct. 17, 2012
No head coach in Duquesne football history served a longer tenure than Dan McCann. Two decades after his retirement, he remains a loyal supporter of the program. In his honor, the Duquesne Athletic Fund has established the Dan McCann Football Fund for Excellence.
After fielding nationally-dominant teams from the 1920s through the 1940s, Duquesne discontinued intercollegiate football in the early 1950s. The sport returned as a club team in 1969; one year later McCann took over as coach. McCann went on to guide the 1973 National Club Champions, led the team into NCAA Division III in 1979, and set the stage for the jump to Division I-AA (now known as Football Championship Subdivision) beginning in 1993.
"Dan McCann won 91 games in 19 seasons and set the standard for all the coaches who followed him," said Greg Amodio, Director of Athletics. "Without his dedication and effort, Duquesne football would not have reached the level of success that it has enjoyed for the last 40 years."
Under McCann's successors, Duquesne dominated the non-scholarship MAAC Football League for more than a decade, winning the Mid-Major National Championship in 2003. In just the University's fourth season as a scholarship program, the 2011 team won a share of the Northeast Conference Championship and was ranked 34th nationally in FCS by The Sports Network.
"I am proud to have had the opportunity to be head coach at Duquesne University and especially proud of the great young men I coached," McCann said. "Since my retirement, I am a fan and financial supporter of the football program. The current coaches and players are doing a great job carrying on our tradition of winning football games and graduating with good grades."
The Dan McCann Football Fund for Excellence will maintain and strengthen the program by supporting improved travel arrangements and accommodations, state-of-the-art equipment and coaching tools, recruiting on a national scale, and other necessities for the team to not just compete, but to excel both on the field and in class. "The resources provided by the fund will make the difference between good and great for years to come," Amodio said.
For more information or to make a gift to the Dan McCann Football Fund for Excellence, contact Bryan Colonna, director of Athletic Development, at 412.396.5927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations may also be made online at www.GoDuquesne.com/daf.