|Title:||Asst. Women's Basketball Coach|
Blake DuDonis enters his first year as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball program.
Hired in July 2011, DuDonis brings two years of coaching experience to Merrimack most recently as a student assistant with the women’s basketball team at Division 1 Gardner-Webb University.
"I'm really excited about the addition of Blake DuDonis to the women's basketball staff,” said LeBlanc, who is entering her first season at Merrimack as head coach. “He has displayed great ambition and motivation, which I really value in an assistant coach. He possesses many intangibles of a successful coach, and I'm glad he's joining the Merrimack family."
At Gardner-Webb during the 2010-11 season, DuDonis helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history, as a 14 seed with a 23-11 record and a conference tournament championship. Gardner-Webb was defeated by third-seeded Miami (FL) in the first round of the Women’s NCAA tournament by the score of 80-62. He oversaw practice preparation, film sessions and game day events.
During the 2009-10 season, DuDonis helped the women’s basketball program reach the WNIT, with a school record 28-5 mark and the Big South regular season title.
DuDonis graduated from Gardner- Webb University (NC) in 2011 with B.A. in Journalism- News Editorial. While at Gardner- Webb he was editor-in-chief of the school paper, The Pilot, for three years. While there, he interned with the college basketball magazine, The Basketball Times, and conducted interviews NBA Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Artis Gilmore as well as ESPN analyst Jay Bilas and Memphis Grizzles owner Chris Wallace. Also, he did color commentary for Gardner- Webb men’s basketball games for the local radio station, 88.3, WGWG.