Mark Duda has been a member of the football staff at Lackawanna College since the introduction of the sport in 1993. After one season as defensive coordinator, Duda was promoted to head coach and has since compiled an impressive record of 177-78 while elevating the program to a position of national prominence. In his tenure at the college, Coach Duda has produced over 400 Division I Scholarship Athletes and has had 20 players sign with NFL teams. Mark has won Northeast Football Conference Coach of the Year honors on four different occasions and is currently the leader among active coaches in the NJCAA in wins and enters the 2019 season 11th on the all time wins list. In 2017, following another undefeated regular season and double overtime loss to #5 Mesa CC in The Valley of the Sun Bowl, Mark was named Junior College Coach of the Year by the American Football Network. In 2018, Duda led the Falcons to their fifth undefeated regular season, The Falcons capped off the season by winning the El Toro Bowl vs. Arizona Western 17-10. The team finished #6 in the nation in that year and won 11 games for the first time in program history.
Under his guidance, Lackawanna College has accumulated five undefeated seasons, and appeared in eleven bowl games, winning three of them. The Falcons defeated Glendale Community College in the Valley of the Sun Bowl in 2006, and also claimed a 20-point victory in the Graphic Edge Bowl in 2010 over the Ellsworth Community College Panthers and most recently a 17-10 victory over Arizona Western College in the 2018 El Toro Bowl. Coach Duda has also led Lackawanna to eight Northeast Football Conference championships, the most in the history of the conference.
One of the many beneficiaries of Coach Duda's vast knowledge is Bryant McKinnie, a former Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens, who was selected in the first round (No. 7) of the 2002 National Football League Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. McKinnie played at Lackawanna in 1997 and 1998 and went on to The University of Miami (Florida) where he was the recipient of the prestigious Outland Trophy, a consensus All-American offensive lineman, and the only offensive linemen to finish in the Top 10 in Heisman Trophy voting (7th). Other notable Falcon alumni to reach the game’s highest level include: Kevin White (7th overall, Chicago), Mark Glowinski, Jarell Broxton, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Renard Cox, Tyler McMeans, Mike Balogun, Trevon Wesco, and Donald Jones.
Before his coaching career began, Coach Duda was a star defensive lineman within the collegiate and professional ranks. Coach played his college ball at the University of Maryland where he still holds the school’s record for sacks in a season with 13. After starting for 4 years for the Terrapins, Coach Duda was selected in the in the fourth round, 96th pick overall, in the 1983 draft by St. Louis Cardinals. Coach went on to play in 55 games, starting 34 of them, registering 9.5 sacks from his debut in 1983 to his retirement in 1987.
Mark was inducted into the University of Maryland Wall of Fame in 1994 and a year later was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sport Hall of Fame. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Education by East Stroudsburg University in 1991. In 2005 he was awarded a Master of Arts in Professional Studies from Thomas Edison College.