Induction Ceremony To Take Place on Saturday, January 18, 2014
Dave Urick is beginning his 16th season as the head coach of the Georgetown Men's lacrosse team. Urick has brought the Hoyas' program to national prominence and has established GU as one of the elite lacrosse programs in the country. Georgetown has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last eight seasons under Urick, one of only four programs in the nation that can make that claim, and in six of those years the Hoyas have made it to at least the Quarterfinals. In 1999, the Hoyas advanced all the way to the NCAA Semifinals, the best finish ever in the history of Georgetown lacrosse.
In each of his 15 years at Georgetown, the Hoyas have had winning records, the only winning seasons in the program's 30-year history of Division I competition. After leading GU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997, Urick was the recipient of Georgetown's 1996-97 Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award.
Urick has a 150-59 mark at Georgetown, including a school record 13 wins in 1999. His teams have won at least 10 games on nine occasions. For the past eight years, the Hoyas have been ranked in the top 10 of the final USILA Top 20 Poll. Georgetown was ranked as high as third during the 2002 and 2003 campaigns. The Hoyas' best USILA year-end ranking prior to 1997 was 11th in the final 1995 poll. In 25 seasons as a head coach, Urich has posted an impressive record of 272-89 for a .753 winning percentage. Urick's .753 winning percentage ranks second among active Division I coaches. Urick is also fifth with 261 career coaching victories. He earned his 250th career coaching win vs. Manhattan in the NCAA Tournament on May 12, 2002.
In 25 seasons as a head coach, Urick has had 78 different players earn All-American accolades. All 45 of Georgetown's All-Americans have come under the tutelace of Urick. Attackman Greg McCavera became the first GU player to garner First Team All-America honors in 1999 and four other Hoyas have earned that designation since, Steve Dusseau (2001,2002), Kyle Sweeney (2002), Brodie Merrill (2004) and Walid Hajj (2004). Urick was named the 2000 ECAC Lacrosse League Coach of the Year and has had 32 players named to the ECAC First and Second Teams. The Hoyas have won the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year Award four seasons and the Defensive Player of the Year Award two times and the ECAC Rookie of the Year Award twice as well. In addition, Urick has had 47 of his players participate in the prestigious North-South All-Star Game. All but ont of the 23 Georgetown players to participate in the North-SouthGame were coached by Urick. Urick coached in the North-South All-Star Game in 1992 and 1984 and took the helm of the South squad again in 2004.
Urick came to Georgetown after spending ten years as the head coach at Hobart College. During his tenure at Hobart, Urick amassed a 122-30 record and won ten consecutive NCAA Division III titles. He is one of only four coaches in the history of the NCAA to have won then 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 U.S. Lacrosse Hall fo 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.
Prior to his 10 years as the mentor of the Hobart lacrosse team, Urick served eight seasons as assistant coach and helped Hobart win back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1976 and 1977. Also in 1977, Urick took the helm of the Statesmen's football team and won Coach of the Year honors in the Independent College Athletic Conference in his first season, as he guided the team to a 7-2 mark. He served as Hobart's head football coach until 1981.
Urick is an 1970 graduate of Cortland State where he was an All-ECAC linebacker as well as captain of both the football and lacrosse teams as a senior. He was inducted into Cortland State's Athlecit Hall of Fame in 1986 and was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1980.
One of Urick's many honors in the lacrosse world was being selected to serve as head coach of the 1986 Team USA, which wn the gold medal at the World Games in Toronto. He served as an assistant on the 1982 USA team that won the gold medal and is the current Chair of the USA Team Coaches Selection Committee. In 1980 and 1981, Urick was the recipient of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Francis L. "Babe" Kraus Award as the Coach of the Year. Urick is a former Chairman and member of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee and the USILA Rules Advisory Committee. He and his wife Linda, have three children, Holly (C'98), Scott (C'00) and Mindy (C'02) and reside in Fairfax, Virginia.