Craig Dagan
Craig Dagan
Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: 207.326.2372
Year: 19th Season
Previous College: Massachusetts '96

Craig Dagan at a Glance

  • 19th Season at Maine Maritime Academy
  • Won his 300th game in 2018-19
  • Coached teams to two North Atlantic Conference titles
  • Coached three NCAA Tournament teams
  • Four of his squads finished at the top of the NAC regular season standings
  • Has never missed the NAC Championship Tournament
  • Produced four NAC Players of the Year
  • Produced five NAC Rookies of the Year
  • Produced 18 All-NAC First Team Selections
  • 2005 NAC Coach of the Year 

Meet Craig Dagan

Dagan is entering his 19th season at the helm of the Women's Basketball program at Maine Maritime Academy, and has lead the Mariners to back-to-back North Atlantic Conference Championship Finals. His tenure has seen the Mariners win two North Atlantic Conference Tournament titles, four NAC Regular Season titles, three trips to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and one ECAC Tournament Appearance in 2007-2008.

Under Coach Dagan's the program has produced a record of 308 wins and 177 losses, and have ranked as high as 15th in the nation (2006-2007). His 2006 squad posted 25 victories, including a victory at #1 Bowdoin, snapping the Polar Bears home-winning streak at 76 games. That came a season after his squad earned a 24-5 record. His NAC counterparts saw fit to name him the Coach of the Year for that effort.

Known for their tough defensive philosophy, Dagan's Mariners have finished in the top 10 nationally in field goal percentage defense and scoring defense five times. MMA has also been ranked #1 nationally in rebound margin in 2002, 2004, and again in the 2006 season. The 2001-2002 and 2018-2019 Mariners led Division III in field goal percentage defense.

Many of Dagan's players have been recognized with individual honors during his tenure. He has coached five NAC Rookies of the Year (Alayne Felix, Stacy Jones, Julia Knights, Shelley Gott, and Tatum Welch), four NAC Players of the Year (Julia Knights, Alyssa Burns in 2005, 2006, and again in 2007), two NAC Tournament MVP's (Kate Lawler & Shelley Gott), and 28 different conference all-stars, including 18 All-NAC First Team selections.

Prior to his arrival at MMA, Dagan served as an assistant coach for two years at Springfield College (Springfield, Mass.) and for five years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His successes as an assistant coach included three NCAA tournaments and over 130 wins.

Dagan is a native of South Berwick, Maine. He received an Associates Degree from Southern Maine Technical College in 1991, where he played basketball, volleyball, and baseball. He then went on to the University of Massachusetts where he played basketball and golf while earning his Bachelors degree in Business. In 2001, Dagan received his Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College.

Dagan also served as the Head Women's Soccer Coach at MMA from 2001 to 2006. He was named NAC Soccer Coach of the Year in 2003. His soccer teams had combined for a 43-32-8 record over his last five seasons, including five-straight NAC playoff appearances. Dagan also served as the Head Golf Coach at MMA in 2012 and 2013 where he led the Mariners to their highest finish (3rd) in the NAC Championship in 2013. 

Craig Dagan's Record by Season

Year W L W% Notable
2018-2019 19 7 .857 NAC Finals
2017-2018 20 8 .714 NAC Finals
2016-2017 14 12 .538 NAC Quarterfinals
2015-2016 18 9 .666 NAC Semifinals
2014-2015 12 14 .462 NAC Quarterfinals
2013-2014 17 10 .629 NAC Semifinals
2012-2013 14 12 .538 NAC Quarterfinals
2011-2012 14 13 .518 NAC Semifinals
2010-2011 17 10 .630 NAC Semifinals
2009-2010 16 10 .615 NAC Semifinals
2008-2009 9 17 .346 NAC Tournament
2007-2008 19 10 .655 NAC Finals / ECAC's
2006-2007 25 4 .862 NAC Finals / NCAA's
2005-2006 23 6 .793 NAC Finals / NCAA's 
2004-2005 24 5 .828 NAC Champs / NCAA's
2003-2004 12 13 .480 NAC Tournament
2002-2003 17 10 .630 NAC Runner-up
2001-2002 18 7 .720 NAC Champs