Maroons coaches rewriting the ODAC record books
The College is proud to have six coaches on its athletics staff who have set - or are closing in on - major ODAC records.
In spring 2009, men's lacrosse coach Bill Pilat '85 became the ODAC all-time conference wins leader with 95. He is only the 13th coach in NCAA Division III men's lacrosse history to eclipse 200 career wins. Pilat has coached the Maroons for 21 years and was named 2009 College Division State Coach of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors organization for the fourth time since the award's inception in 2005.
This past fall, men's soccer coach Scott Allison '79, who has completed 24 seasons at Roanoke, became the all-time conference wins leader with 134. He needs just five more wins to become the ODAC's overall wins leader.
Women's soccer coach Phil Benne has coached the team for 21 years. A dual-sport coach, also coaching men's tennis, Benne is the overall wins leader in ODAC women's soccer history and is currently ranked 22nd on the NCAA Division III all-time career wins list.
In October, women's volleyball coach Blair Trail '99 won her 200th career match at Roanoke, making her just the second active coach in the ODAC to reach that milestone. After 11 seasons with the Maroons, she is among the top five coaches in ODAC victories in volleyball history.
Record-holding coaches steer both the men's and women's basketball programs. Susan Dunagan, the head women's basketball coach for nearly 30 years, became the ODAC's leader in conference and overall wins 10 seasons ago and currently owns more ODAC titles (13) and ODAC Coach of the Year Awards (six) than any coach in ODAC women's basketball history.
Men's basketball coach Page Moir is closing in on the record for most conference wins in ODAC men's basketball history. The winningest and longest tenured active coach in the ODAC, the 21-year veteran needs just two more victories to tie the conference wins record of 230.
With top coaches who show long-term commitments to their programs, it's no wonder that the Maroons enjoy so much success.