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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
COACH AND PROGRAM
James Madison coach Dean Keener had a tough first season in the Colonial Athletic Association. Beset by injuries that at one point limited them to six scholarship players, the Dukes went 6-22 and finished second from the bottom in the CAA.
Despite that ominous start to his head-coaching career, Keener, a former Georgia Tech assistant who helped guide the Yellow Jackets to the 2004 NCAA championship game, has reason to be optimistic this year.
JMU returns all five starters from a year ago, as well as a pair of talented seniors who missed significant segments of the 2004-05 season with injury.