Georgetown's Dave Urick Receives USILA Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award

From Press Releases December 13th, 2010




Georgetown University head coach Dave Urick was presented the award for the Howdy Myers Man of the Year by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association at its annual convention last weekend in Baltimore.

The Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award is presented in honor of one of the sport’s most outstanding coaches. Myers coached 17 championship teams at St. Paul’s, Johns Hopkins and Hofstra universities. He was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1971. The nominees for this award are people who have contributed to the game of lacrosse in a capacity over and above the normal efforts and in so doing, have shown unselfish and untiring devotion to the game.

Entering his 22nd season as the head coach at Georgetown, Urick is the all-time winningest coach in college lacrosse with 331 wins, passing the legendary Jack Emmer during the 2010 season.

In 31 seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level, Urick has posted an impressive record of 331-116 for a .741 winning percentage. He earned his 250th career-coaching win vs. Manhattan in the NCAA Tournament on May 12, 2002, and earned his 300th against Fairfield on April 7, 2007. Georgetown’s 13-12 overtime win at Navy on April 2 moved Urick past Emmer as the all-time leader in victories.

Urick has a 209-86 mark at Georgetown, including a school record 13 wins in 1999. His teams have won at least 10 games on 12 occasions. The Hoyas have been ranked in the top 10 of the final United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top 20 Poll in 12 of the past 14 years.

Georgetown has made the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the past 14 seasons under Urick and during that stretch, the program advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals nine times, including six-straight seasons. In 1999, the Hoyas advanced all the way to the NCAA semifinals, the best finish ever in the history of Georgetown lacrosse.

The Hoyas ave posted winning records in 20 of his 21 seasons on the Hilltop, and Urick has led Georgetown to the only winning seasons in the program’s 38-year history of Division I competition.

Nearly 100 players (97) have earned All-American honors under Urick’s tutelage. Georgetown has had 41 players earn 70 All-America honors since 1999, eight first team nods, four second team, 14 third team selections and 44 honorable mention honorees. In 2010, seniors Scott Kocis (third team), Andrew Brancaccio and Chris Nixon (honorable mention) each earned All-American honors, making Georgetown one of only 12 schools nationally to have at least three players named to the teams.

All 70 of Georgetown’s All-Americans have come under the tutelage of Urick. Attackman Greg McCavera became the first GU player to garner First Team All-America honors in 1999 and five other Hoyas have earned that distinction since, Steve Dusseau (2001, 2002), Kyle Sweeney (2002), Brodie Merrill (2004, 2005), Walid Hajj (2004) and Jerry Lambe (2008). In 2005, Merrill became only the second Georgetown player, joining Dusseau, to earn two first-team honors.

Urick has also received a pair of league Coach of the Year honors, from the ECAC in 2007 and again in 2007. Before joining the Big East in 2010, the Hoyas had 55 players named to the ECAC first and second teams. His players have won the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year Award five seasons, the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year Award five times and the ECAC Rookie of the Year Award twice. In addition, Urick has had 52 of his players participate in the prestigious North-South All-Star Game. All but two of the 37 Georgetown players to participate in the North-South Game played under Urick. Urick coached in the North-South All-Star Game in 1984 and 1992 and took the helm of the South squad again in 2004.

Urick came to Georgetown after spending 10 years as the head coach at Hobart College. During his tenure at Hobart, Urick amassed a 122-30 record and won 10 consecutive NCAA Division III titles. He is one of only four coaches in the history of the NCAA to have won 10 consecutive national titles.

Urick has been inducted to four Halls of Fame for his contributions to lacrosse as a coach. The latest induction was to the Potomac Chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame on January 22, 2005 and prior to that he was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on July 23, 1998. On October 6, 1990, Urick was inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Upstate New York Lacrosse Foundation Chapter in February of 1991.