SCRANTON, Pa. – Saturday, Lackawanna College honored Head Coach and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Football Hall of Fame inductee Mark Duda as part of a special halftime presentation during the Falcon football team's annual Blue-White spring game.
Duda joined Lackawanna's coaching staff in 1993 as defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach the following season. During his 25 years as head coach, the Falcons have gained national recognition and the College has become a key player in helping athletes move on to Division I and the National Football League.
The Falcons have reached unprecedented success under Duda, reaching 10 bowl games while boasting four undefeated seasons. Over 370 student-athletes have received scholarships to the NCAA Division I level while 18 have gone on to sign with NFL teams, with the most recent additions being the fourth round selection of Kyzir White by the Los Angles Chargers in the 2018 NFL College Draft, and the free agent signings of Ka'Raun White and Emmanual Beal by the Seatle Seahawks.
Duda has also been enshrined in the University of Maryland Wall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sport Hall of Fame. He had a stellar playing career at Maryland where he still holds the school's record for sacks in a single season. That playing career extended to the NFL where he played in 55 career games for the St. Louis Cardinals.