MEN'S LACROSSE | Urick Ends Legendary Coaching Career
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 11:07
After nearly a quarter century at the helm of one of Georgetown's most successful programs, men's lacrosse Head Coach Dave Urick is stepping down.
Urick, who joined the Hoyas for the 1990 season, compiled a record of 233-99 in 23 seasons at Georgetown. He built the men's lacrosse program into a national powerhouse, peaking with a trip to the NCAA national semifinals in 1999.
"[Urick] is an icon in the sport and his legacy on the Hilltop will last for years to come. Dave brought our program from the ground up and made it one of the best in the country, both on the field and off," Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said in a statement.
Between 1997 and 2007, Urick took the Blue & Gray to 11 consecutive NCAA appearances. In nine of those years, Georgetown advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Although Urick's teams had not performed to those same standards the last few years, he never presided over a losing season. This spring, the team saved that streak by winning its final game to close the season with a 7-6 record.
Before coming to Washington in 1990, Urick served as head coach at Hobart College for 10 years, winning the NCAA Division III championship in each of those seasons and compiling a 122-30 overall record. Urick is one of only four coaches in the history of the NCAA to have won 10-consecutive national titles.
In 32 years as a head coach, Urick won a total of 345 games and boasted a .733 winning percentage, placing him third all-time in both categories among NCAA men's lacrosse coaches.
Another measure of Urick's success is in the development of his players. All 65 of Georgetown's men's lacrosse All-Americans — including six first team All-Americans — came during Urick's tenure. Including his time at Hobart, Urick coached a total of 102 All-Americans.
While Urick's successor will have big shoes to fill, Georgetown also announced Friday that a national search would begin immediately for a new head coach.
Although Urick is stepping down as coach, he will continue to work in the Georgetown athletics department as Special Assistant to the Athletics Director.
"We're grateful for all that he has done for men's lacrosse and Georgetown University, and I'm happy that we will have him here as a resource," Reed said.