Coaches

SEAN MCCARTHY – HEAD COACH

Sean McCarthy was named the Varsity Head Coach at Denver East High School in May, 2011 after two seasons assisting previous Head Coach Jon Barocas. He was previously the Varsity Head Coach at Heritage High School in Littleton, CO where he was the recipient of the 2009 Colorado High School Association Coach of the Year Award. Coach McCarthy received his BA in History from Hofstra University in 2006.

Coach McCarthy started his college career at Nassau Community College where he was a member of the 2002 NJCAA Championship team and was named a NJCAA First Team Defensive All-American in 2003. He finished his collegiate career at Hofstra University where he was named a NCAA Men’s Division I All-American in 2006. He was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in the 2006 MLL Collegiate Draft and played eight seasons with the Outlaws.

Coach Mac works at East as a Special Education teacher. He lives in Denver with his wife Jessica and their two dogs, Elvis and Penny. When he is not coaching the Angels, Coach Mac enjoys the outdoors of the Rockies, spending time snowboarding, wake surfing and hiking 14ers.

CHRIS HERRMANN – ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH

Chris Herrmann returns to Denver East High School for his third year as Assistant Varsity Coach. Coach Hermann is an alumnus of Denver East (2011) where he was an All-State player. He attended Chapman University (2015) in Southern California where he led the team to the MCLA Final Four his Junior and Senior years. He was a team captain in 2015 and earned All-American accolades that year.

Coach Herrmann currently works as a Language Arts Teacher at Morey Middle School in Denver. His twin sisters, also Denver East alum, Lily and Thyra, currently attend Pitzer College in Southern California and play lacrosse for the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Coach Herrmann is excited to be back home and thrilled to be a part of the Denver East Lacrosse program once again.

BRUCE DUGAN – ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH

Bruce Dugan returns to Denver East High School for his second year as Assistant Varsity Coach. Coach Dugan played lacrosse on Long Island for high school at Half Hallow Hills in Huntington, then went on to play at Union College in Schenectady, NY. After graduating, Coach Dugan began teaching mathematics and coaching lacrosse.

Coach Dugan coached for 14 years at Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, becoming their Head Lacrosse Coach in 1973. He then moved to New Jersey and began a 12 year, 6 state championship career coaching at Mountain Lakes High School. Mountain Lakes HS holds records for the second most titles and the most appearances in finals in the history of the NJSIAA Boys Lacrosse Championships. Following Mountain Lakes, Coach Dugan coached for 4 years at Montville High School, NJ, then 9 years at Madison High School, NJ.

Coach Dugan has been married for 44+ years to Kathy, has one son in Denver, Matthew, who is married to Ricki, and has one grandchild, Albie. Matthew Dugan played at Washington and Lee (2001). Matthew was a 3 time All-American, Turnbull Award (Most Outstanding Attackman in the Nation) winner. He remains the career scoring leader at W&L. Coach Dugan is very excited about the season ahead.

JOHN BENYEI – ASSISTANT JUNIOR VARSITY COACH

John Benyei returns to Denver East High School as the Assistant Junior Varsity Coach. Coach Benyei grew up in Connecticut and attended Sacred Heart University (2008) and received his masters in Connecticut.

Coach Benyei played defense for Sacred Heart. He currently works as the school Social Worker at Morey Middle School in Denver. He loves to cook and spend time in the mountains.

PAUL GONZER – HEAD C TEAM COACH

Paul Gonzer returns to Denver East High School after a six season hiatus as the Head C Team Coach. Coach Gonzer previously co-coached the C Team in 2012. He graduated in 2006 from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Coach Gonzer moved to the Denver area at age 10 and attended Cherry Creek High School (2002). He started playing lacrosse as an 18 year old freshman at Western State and played four years as a middie. Coach Gonzer returned to Denver after graduation and began coaching youth lacrosse with the Denver Bandits. His coaching experience includes stints at Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver, Heritage High School in Littleton, and Denver South High School (JV). He is a Level II certified US Lacrosse coach and a certified youth lacrosse referee and official.

Coach Gonzer was the 2014 Team Uganda FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championship team liaison. He currently works as Concierge at The ART, a Hotel in downtown Denver, and lives in the Denver area. He likes to watch and play lacrosse, watch movies (Marvel Cinematic Universe fan), and experience the music, concerts, festivals and events in Denver. Coach Gonzer is ecstatic to be coaching at East again where “the coaches, kids, and community are the best in Denver/Colorado”.