LEWISBURG, Pa. – Frank Fedorjaka, who has spent eight seasons in two different stints as assistant coach of the Bucknell men’s lacrosse team, will succeed Sid Jamieson as head coach upon Jamieson’s retirement following the 2005 season, director of athletics and recreation John Hardt announced today.
Fedorjaka first came to Bucknell as an assistant coach for the 1992 and 1993 seasons, then spent five years as head coach at Franklin & Marshall. He returned to Bucknell in 1999, and last season he was named assistant head coach.
In October the legendary Jamieson announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2005 spring campaign. In succeeding him, Fedorjaka will become only the second head coach in the 38-year history of the Bison lacrosse program.
“It has been a wonderful opportunity to come back and work with Sid for the last seven years,” said Fedorjaka. “I learned a whole new set of ways to go about the business of being a head coach. When Sid and I talked when I came back to Bucknell, becoming the next head coach was my goal. I’ve been working toward this day literally for the last seven years. I have gone into every practice assisting Sid with all I have, but also mentally preparing for an opportunity to become the next head coach.
“This spring will be a unique situation for both Sid and myself, but it won’t be catching us by surprise,” added Fedorjaka, whose wife Kathy is in her eighth year as head women’s basketball coach at Bucknell and is the program’s all-time victory leader. “I know that after starting this program and being thoroughly involved with it for 40 years that every day is going to be precious to him. This announcement won’t change how I interact with Sid or the student-athletes or the alumni or the parents.”
Since returning to Bucknell, Fedorjaka has helped the Bison to a 46-33 record, four Patriot League titles and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2001. Fedorjaka has been primarily responsible for coordinating the Bison defense, which has annually ranked among the national leaders. In 2000, Bucknell peaked with a No. 2 national ranking in goals against and No. 1 in man-down defense. In 2003 the Bison ranked fourth and second, respectively.
Fedorjaka has also coordinated Bucknell’s national recruiting effort, overseen the team’s strength and conditioning program and served as academic monitor.
“Frank is a wonderful and natural fit to succeed Sid Jamieson as Bucknell’s next head men’s lacrosse coach,” said Hardt. “He has played a major role in elevating the Bison Lacrosse program to one that is annually top-20 caliber and a contender for an NCAA Tournament berth. His intimate knowledge of the program, on top of his lacrosse expertise, will make for a seamless transition as Coach Jamieson’s magnificent coaching career comes to a close this spring.”
“Along the way this program has developed into a ‘family’ of past and present players, parents and friends who all have a share in the success that it has become,” said Jamieson, the 1996 USILA Division I Coach of the Year and a former coach of the Iroquois National Team. “The family now looks forward to continued growth and development knowing that one of the family members will now be guiding the fortunes of Bucknell Lacrosse.
“For me this has been a very smooth process, with the university conducting a national search and coming to the conclusion that the most qualified person for this position was on staff right here at Bucknell,” stated Jamieson, who has coached 17 All-Americans an 113 all-conference players at Bucknell. “I am excited for Frank, as I am excited for all young guys who get an opportunity to be a head coach. But even more so for Frank because he gets to coach at such a terrific institution and work every day with bright, motivated young men who want to win.”
In Fedorjaka’s five seasons as head coach at Franklin & Marshall, the Diplomats compiled a 39-31 record. His 39 wins placed him second on the school’s all-time lacrosse wins list. In 1995 he was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division III Coach of the Year after leading F&M to a 12-3 record and an NCAA Tournament berth. During his tenure at F&M, Fedorjaka also served as an assistant coach in football and women’s soccer, served as the chair to the Southern ECAC Lacrosse Committee in 1997 and 1998 and worked with the USILA National Ranking Committee and NCAA Advisory Committee for Division III lacrosse.
Fedorjaka began his coaching career with a two-year stretch as graduate assistant coach at Springfield (Mass.) College.
A 1989 graduate of Hobart College, Fedorjaka was a starting long-stick defensive 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 the Geneva, N.Y., school he held every reception record and remains the school’s all-time leading receiver.
Frank and Kathy Fedorjaka reside in Winfield, Pa., with their seven-year-old son Matthew and three-year-old daughter Jamie.
Bucknell opens the 2005 lacrosse season on Tuesday, March 1 at home against Marist.
TRANSACTIONS Bucknell – Announced that Frank Fedorjaka will succeed retiring Sid Jamieson as head men’s lacrosse coach following the 2005 season.