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Duggan to give up coaching for remainder of season

June 12, 2007 - National Football League Europa (NFLE) News Release

IN the waning moments of the Cologne Centurions' 31-13 victory over the Amsterdam Admirals at RheinEnergieStadion on Saturday, Centurions head coach DAVID DUGGAN became light-headed and needed medical attention on the sidelines.

Duggan initially underwent tests of his blood pressure and pulse and passed those preliminary tests. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was held overnight, as a precaution.

In light of the possible seriousness of the situation, Duggan will not coach for the remainder of the 2007 season in order to concentrate on his health.

Cologne defensive coordinator JOHN LYONS will be elevated to the position of interim head coach in Duggan's absence. Lyons is in his third season with the Centurions after serving as defensive backs coach in 2005 and defensive coordinator in 2006.

Lyons served as head coach at Dartmouth College from 1992 to 2004, racking up 60 career wins (second-most in school history) and won the Ivy League championship in 1992 and 1996, finishing second in 1993 and 1997.

From 1995-97, his team went unbeaten in 22 games and won a school record 15 in a row. Dartmouth went 10-0 in 1996 and Lyons was named New England Sports Writers Coach of the Year and Division I-AA Coach of the Year by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association.

At this time, NFL Europa and the Cologne Centurions ask that all parties respect Duggan and his family's right to privacy regarding the situation. All questions should be directed to NFL Europa or Cologne Centurions public relations staff.

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