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Screen Shot 2018-06-20 at 8.15.21 AMWe love Coach Fedorjaka! After two stints as an assistant coach at Bucknell spanning nearly a decade, Frank Fedorjaka took over as head coach in 2006 when he succeeded longtime mentor Sid Jamieson. In 2011, Fedorjaka guided the team to its first Patriot League Tournament title and second NCAA Tournament appearance, and he has since cemented Bucknell’s status as an annual Patriot League title contender and national top-20 program.

Fedorjaka became only the second head coach in Bucknell lacrosse history, following in the footsteps of Jamieson, a Bucknell Hall of Famer who founded the varsity lacrosse program in 1968.
In his 13 seasons since taking over for Jamieson, Fedorjaka has fashioned a stellar 122-74 (.622) record, including a 57-31 (.648) Patriot League ledger. The Bison have won nine or more games in nine of his 13 seasons, including a program-record 14 in 2011, 12 in 2013 and 11 in 2018.
Including a five-year stint as head coach at Franklin & Marshall from 1994 to 1998, Fedorjaka has a 161-105 (.605) lifetime record.

In 2018, Fedorjaka captured his third Patriot League Coach of the Year award after Bucknell posted an 11-5 (7-1 Patriot League) record and shared the Patriot League regular-season title with Loyola and Navy. The Bison reached the double digits in victories for the sixth time in his tenure as head coach and went an impressive 5-1 against nationally ranked opponents, which included road upsets of then No. 3 Yale (9-8 OT) and then No. 6 Loyola (12-11). Bucknell’s number of victories represented a six-win improvement from 2017, when the team went 5-8 (3-5 Patriot League) and had its streak of consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearances snapped at 10 seasons. Like in 2013, the Bison narrowly missed out on an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Known throughout his career as one of the college game’s best defensive minds, Fedorjaka’s teams annually rank among the national leaders in scoring defense, man-down defense and riding efficiency. Bucknell ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring defense in 2007.

In his first 11 years as head coach Fedorjaka has mentored 62 All-Patriot League players and eight All-Americans, including three-time All-American Austin Winter. He has also coached four Patriot League Rookie of the Year selections, one Defensive Player of the Year and one Goalie of the Year. That goalie, Nick Sciubba, led the nation in save percentage and goals-against average in 2007. Eleven of Fedorjaka’s student-athletes were selected in the Major League Lacrosse Draft, including a program-record four in 2018.

Fedorjaka rejoined the Bucknell lacrosse family after serving as head coach at Franklin & Marshall for five years. Fedorjaka served as an assistant coach at Bucknell for the 1992 and 1993 seasons before going to F&M.

In 1995, Fedorjaka was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division III Coach of the Year after leading the Diplomats to a 12-3 record and an NCAA playoff berth. In addition to his responsibilities as men’s lacrosse coach, Fedorjaka also served as an assistant coach in football and women’s soccer during his tenure at F&M.

Also while at F&M, Fedorjaka served as the Chair to the Southern ECAC Lacrosse Committee in 1997 and 1998. He served on the USILA National Ranking Committee and NCAA Advisory Committee for Division III lacrosse.

A 1989 graduate of Hobart College, Fedorjaka was a starting long-stick midfielder on three NCAA Division III national championship teams. He was also a three-year starter at wide receiver for the Statesman football team, earning All-America honors in 1988. The Rochester, N.Y., native was named Hobart’s Athlete of the Year in 1989. During his career at Hobart, he held all reception records and remained the school’s all-time leading receiver until 2004. Fedorjaka began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for two years at Springfield College (Mass.).

In the full podcast for our Premium Members, Coach shares a ton of drills, 3V2, 4V3 variations, awesome ground ball drills, (Loved the Gauntlet GB Drill,) The Derby Drill, his philosophy on his practice plans, and his incredible attention to detail. But I loved the unique twists, even for an old coach like me on the Bucknell Numbers Drill.

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I recommend you listen to the free Preview, I chose this portion of the full podcast as he mentioned this drill as one of the players favorites, and I loved these unique twists on the Bucknell Numbers Drill!!!

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