Mike Dugas enters his fourth season as the Husson head men's golf coach in 2017-18 with a career record of 277-152 and his third season as head women's golf coach in 2017-18 with a career record of 3-29.
The 2016-17 men's campaign will be remembered as one of most successful season's in HU Golf history, as the Eagles went 93-41, wining three tournaments, including the program's 34th conference title, the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship for the 11th time in last the 13 seasons with the lowest team score in conference history of 584, during the fall and spring seasons combined. With the NAC crown, the Eagles earned the tenth automatic qualifier into the NCAA DIII Championship Tournament in team history and the 26th National Tournament berth overall.
The Eagles placed tied for 36 in the NCAA Tournament, held at beautiful Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, with a 657 team card, while sophomore Gavin Dugas, became the first Eagle in program history during the NCAA ERA to make the cut and the third overall in program history. G. Dugas finished with a four-day score of 296, tying him for 16th place, the highest placed finished in a national tournament by an individual in program history since Joe Alvarez '02 finished tied for 12th at the 2002 NAIA National Tournament.
Along with NAC, Husson also recorded wins at the Husson Invitational and the University of Southern Maine Fall Classic, while finishing sixith at the 46th Annual Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship.
Sophomores Mackenzie Clow, Philip Thome, Daulton Wickenden and Taylor Morang collected All-Conference honors by virtue of their top-ten finishes in the NAC Championship, hosted by Husson at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course on October 15th and 16th. Wickenden also claimed the program's 12th Conference Golfer of the Year honors, by carding the lowest score at the championship.
Wickenden was also named to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division III PING All-American honorable mention team - becoming the the second straight Husson men's golfer selected to the All-American team by the GCAA. He is the second Eagle player in program history in the NCAA era to achieve this honor, while becoming the program's sixth All-American selection and the 60th different Husson student-athlete to garner All-American status.
Dugas continued the development of the Eagles women’s program in 2016-17, that saw the them set single-season school records for top three team finishes (2), 18-hole average (435), best round (420), best 36 (864), top five individual finishes (3), top 10 individual finishes (6), top 20 individual finishes (8) and season wins (3).
In 2015-16, Dugas guided the men's team to an 89-62 overall mark en-route to earning their tenth NAC title in the last 12 years. With the win the Eagles advanced to the program’s ninth NCAA Division III National Championship tournament and the 26th overall National Tournament appearance in the history of the program, finishing tied for 33rd out of a 41 team field with a two-day score of 644 (319-325), missing the cut by 29 strokes. Dugas was selected as Coach of the Year by his peers.
The highlight of the 2015-16 campaign for the men's team came at the 2016 NCAA DIII National Championship, when Greg Martin shot a two-day score of 150 to finish tied for 31st, the lowest finish by an Eagle golfer in program history and was in a position to make it to Day 3 of the Championship as an individual. Unfortunately, he was eliminated on the second playoff hole.
The men's team also posted one non-championship tournament win in 2015-16 at the Westport Hampton Inn Spring Invitational, while finishing fifth out of 13 teams at the highly reguarded Marine Federal Credit Union Golf Championship, held on the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.
Three individuals on the men's team combined to collect 20 accolades, including Martin, who garnered NAC Golfer of the Year for the second-consecutive season, becoming the first golfer in NAC history to achieve this feat, All-NAC First Team, NAC All-Sportsmanship team, NEIGA All-New England honors, while being selected for three NAC Golfer of the Week honors, and the ECAC Co-Golfer of the Month in September, and the program’s first Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) PING All-Northeast Region selection since 2012 and the program’s fourth All-American selection when he was named to the 2016 GCAA PING DIII All-American Honorable Mention team and the first since 2003, and Daulton Wickenden, who collected NAC Rookie of Year, All-NAC First Team, and NEGIA All-New England honors and was selected NAC Golfer of the Week once, NAC Rookie of the Week four times, and the ECAC Men’s Golf Rookie of the Month for October. Greg Pike was also named to the NAC All-Academic Team.
During the women's program inaugural season of 2015-16, Dugas led a pair of Eagles to top 10 finishes at the Wellesley Invitational and the Bowdoin Invitational and saw Kelsie Dessent become the first Eagle golfer in program history to take home medalist honors at the 2015 Bowdoin Invitational.
In his first season at the helm of the men’s golf program, Dugas saw his Eagles win three tournaments and finished second in the NAC in 2014-15 with an overall record of 95-49. Dugas’ team produced three All-NAC, two NEIGA All-New England and one NAC All-Academic honorees, including Greg Martin who became the second golfer in program history during the NCAA era to be named Golfer of the Year after earning Rookie of the Year honors.
Dugas was named the inaugural women's head coach on October 28, 2014.
Dugas was named the 14th head coach in the men's program history on July 17, 2014.
Dugas has been a member of the PGA and a PGA Professional since 1994 and currently works as the Head Professional Golfer at JW Parks Golf Course in Pittsfield, Maine.
Dugas was the Head Golf Coach for the Maine Central Institute from 1996-2000 where he led the team to the 1997 Maine Class B Team Championship, 1996-1998 Maine Individual Championships, and was named the KVAC B Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998. He remains the MCI Golf Booster Chairman, a position he has held since 1996.
While with the PGA, Dugas has served as the PGA PAT Rules Examiner, conducting and officiating player ability tests in the Central New York Section, he served on the Maine Chapter of the New England PGA Board of Directors from 1999-2000 and was the President of the Maine Chapter of the New England PGA from 2000-2006.
As a player, Dugas participated in the Ben Hogan Tour in 1992, was the 1994 Emmitt Kelly Masters Champion (Syracuse, NY), 2002 Maine PGA Player of the Year, and has played in the 2013 and 2014 National Professional Championship. Michael has set three course records, two of which still stand.
A 1992 graduate from the Golf Academy of America, Dugas has earned numerous PGA Awards; New England Section Bill Strausbaugh Award (2005), Maine Chapter of the PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award (2004), and Maine Chapter of the PGA Golf Professional of the Year (2005 & 2006).