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Georgetown has made the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the past 15 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.
In all 23 years at Georgetown, the Hoyas have finished with a .500 record or better, with winning records in 21-of-23 seasons, the only winning seasons in the program's 37-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 223-99 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 16 years. After beating Maryland in the 2007 season opener, Georgetown was ranked No. 1 in the county in the USILA Top 20 poll, the first time since 2003, which was the first time being ranked first in program history.
In 33 seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level, Urick has posted an impressive record of 345-129 for a .733 winning percentage. Urick is the NCAA Division I leader for active coaches in total wins (345) and third in winning percentage (.728). Urick is also third with 345 career-coaching victories. 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. Following the 2010 season Urick was named the USILA Howdy Myers Man of the Year in recognition for his contributions to the game and as the all-time wins leader in the sport.
In 33 seasons as a head coach, Urick has had 102 different players earn All-America accolades. All 65 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 was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Coach of the Year in 2000 and again in 2007, and has 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 53 of his players participate in the prestigious North-South All-Star Game. All but two of the 36 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 coached eight players to All-BIG EAST honors in the first year of the conference, including Chris Nixon, who was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. In the conference's second season, Urick had a school record six selections led by seniors Barney Ehrmann, a first team selection and Dan Hostetler and Max Seligmann.
Urick-coached players have also had a major impact on the international stage. At the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championships, Merrill, who was named the tournament's Outstanding Defensive Player, led the Canadian National Team to a 15-10 win over the United States in the championship game. Team USA's roster included Sweeney and Urick's son, Scott. During the summer of 2008, then-Hoya Craig Dowd was named the Most Outstanding Attackman, and Bobby Boyle helped lead the United States U-19 to the World Championship.
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.
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 a 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 Athletic 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 won 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, Va.
Year School Record Win % USILA Rank
1980 Hobart* 12-2 .857 First
1981 Hobart* 12-3 .800 First
1982 Hobart* 11-3 .786 First
1983 Hobart* 13-2 .867 First
1984 Hobart* 9-4 .692 First
1985 Hobart* 11-3 .786 First
1986 Hobart* 15-1 .938 First
1987 Hobart* 10-4 .714 First
1988 Hobart* 14-4 .778 First
1989 Hobart* 15-4 .789 First
1990 Georgetown 8-5 .615
1991 Georgetown 7-5 .583
1992 Georgetown 9-3 .750 19th
1993 Georgetown 9-4 .692 17th
1994 Georgetown 10-3 .769 12th
1995 Georgetown 10-4 .714 11th
1996 Georgetown 8-5 .615 19th
1997 Georgetown# 9-5 .643 seventh
1998 Georgetown# 10-5 .667 eighth
1999 Georgetown# 13-3 .813 fifth
2000 Georgetown# 12-3 .800 seventh
2001 Georgetown# 11-3 .786 seventh
2002 Georgetown# 12-3 .800 fourth
2003 Georgetown# 11-4 .733 eighth
2004 Georgetown# 11-4 .733 fifth
2005 Georgetown# 10-5 .667 eighth
2006 Georgetown# 12-3 .800 fifth
2007 Georgetown# 12-3 .800 fifth
2008 Georgetown 9-4 .692 11th
2009 Georgetown 7-7 .500 NR
2010 Georgetown 9-5 .643 10th
2011 Georgetown 7-7 .500 NR
2012 Georgetown 7-6 .538 RV
Totals (33 years) 345-129 .733
At GU (23 years) 223-99 .693
*NCAA Division III Champions #NCAA Division I Tournament Participants