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Entering his 13th season as men's lacrosse Head Coach at Quinnipiac, Eric Fekete has pushed the Bobcats' program to new heights. Quinnipiac starts a new chapter when Fekete and the Bobcats return to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) this spring.
In the team's first Northeast Conference season, Fekete directed the Bobcats to a share of the NEC Regular Season Title in 2011. By virtue of a tie-breaker, QU went into the tournament as the #2 seed and advanced to the finals with a double overtime win over Robert Morris. The campaign ended with a setback in the championship game, but the Bobcats had already established new standards for the future of the program.
The 2011 team featured three All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) honorees and six All-NEC selections. In addition to their success on the field, three QU players were dubbed NEILA Scholar-Athletes, an acknowledgement for student-athletes who earned over a 3.0 grade point average, while excelling in athletics as well.
Quinnipiac went on to make the playoffs in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons, earning back-to-back NEC Semifinal appearances. In 2012, five Bobcats were named All-Conference with Basil Kostaras being tabbed All-New England (NEILA). In 2013, Fekete coached New England’s Goalkeeper of the Year in Gill Conners. Quinnipiac named six players to the NEC All-Conference Teams while Pat Corcoran joined Conners with an All-New England selection.
In their final season in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Fekete guided Quinnipiac to a third-place finish in the standings. The 2010 campaign also featured an All-Second Team honoree and seven to the All-ECAC Academic Team.
In the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Fekete led the Bobcats to consecutive Great Western Lacrosse League Tournaments. Highlighting the 2009 campaign was Quinnipiac's first win in program history over a nationally-ranked team, when the Bobcats came from behind to defeat No. 19 Denver on Feb. 4, in Hamden, Conn.
The 2008 season was, perhaps, Fekete’s best as a collegiate coach. After leading the Bobcats to an 8-5 record, the Great Western Lacrosse League coaches voted Fekete the league coach of the year. He also was honored as coach of the North team in the USILA North-South Game. Fekete guided Quinnipiac to a fourth-place finish in the league, behind only perennial powerhouses Notre Dame, Ohio State and Denver. The fourth-place finish was good enough for a berth in the inaugural GWLL Tournament. In addition, Fekete coached defenseman Drew Macarena to All-GWLL and All-New England status. Midfielders Gary Messina and Anthony Peoria also made the All-New England Team.
In the team's inaugural season in the Great Western Lacrosse League, the Bobcats recorded their first winning season since 2001. Big wins included a double overtime victory over Bella mine and a come-from-behind win against Butler.
Following the season, several players were recognized for their performances both on and off the field. Five players were named to the NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game - Kevin Browne, John Donnellan, Sean McBride, Josh Murray and Eric Trama. Donnellan, Murray and Trama were also tabbed as All-New England selections. Browne, Donnellan and Murray were selected as NEILA Scholar-Athletes, while Donnellan earned All-GWLL honors.
The Bobcats' second season resulted in a tie for fourth place in the GWLL and a 6-7 overall record.
Quinnipiac was a member of the competitive America East conference for Fekete's first four seasons on the bench. Fekete was also instrumental in transitioning the program up from the MAAC Lacrosse League, where Quinnipiac played prior to joining America East.
Fekete has also served as President of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. His term will run through the 2007 season.
The NEILA is the major body of New England Collegiate Lacrosse covering the Division I, II, and III levels. The NEILA is responsible for recognizing the All New England Selection Team and the All-New England Academic Team.
The Brine New England East - West Senior All Star Game is also organized and governed by the NEILA. This game, held in June, is the premier event in New England College Lacrosse, showcasing all of the region’s top graduating college seniors in the game. The NEILA is also responsible and committed to conducting both free youth clinics and coaches’ clinics to the continually growing New England lacrosse community.
During Fekete's first season with the Bobcats, Quinnipiac advanced to the semifinals of the America East tournament, where it lost to eventual champion Albany. Fekete came to Quinnipiac after serving seven seasons as an assistant coach, the last five at Fairfield University. Fekete also spent the 1996 season as an assistant at nationally-ranked Brown University.
While at Fairfield, Fekete was an integral part of the Stags' successful elevation at the Division I level. In 2001, Fairfield finished 7-8, including a 3-2 mark in the highly-competitive Great Western Lacrosse League - its first year as a member of the conference.
From 1997-1999, the Stags recorded an impressive 31-18 overall mark, including a remarkable 21-2 record in MAAC Men's Lacrosse League action which resulted in two league titles (1997 and 1998). In addition, Fairfield captured back-to-back ECAC Division I Championships, defeating Colgate, 9-7, in 1998 and Mount St. Mary's, 15-4, in 1999.
Before his arrival at Fairfield, Fekete spent one year as an assistant at Brown University. In 1996, the Bears ranked in the top-ten nationally and finished with a final 7-6 record, including a 3-3 mark in the Ivy League.
Fekete gained additional experience in 1994 when he coached the United State Under-19 team at the 1994 World Lacrosse Games Festival in Manchester, England. From 1992-1995, he was the head boys’ varsity lacrosse coach at Duxbury (Mass.) High School, leading the school to four consecutive MIAA tournament berths.
Fekete got his start in collegiate coaching in 1989, serving three seasons on the staff at the University of Arizona.
Fekete has made his mark on lacrosse in New England, and took it one step further with a selection to the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee in 2014. Fekete serves as the MAAC representative.
A native of Duxbury, Mass., Fekete attended Skidmore College and graduated in 1989 with a B.S. in business. While at Skidmore, Fekete was a member of the men's lacrosse and ice hockey squads.
Fekete currently resides in Cheshire with his wife, Lisa and his four children, Emma, Sam, Charlie and Will.