Collegiate coaching legend, National Hall of Fame inductee, national and ECAC coach of the year, Georgetown coach of the year, second-ranking active Div. I coach in winning percentage, coach of ten consecutive national championship teams at Hobart, head coach of gold medalist Team USA, Cortland State graduate, lacrosse captain, generous supporter of metro DC lacrosse, frequent volunteer speaker on behalf of lacrosse.
Dave Urick is an educator. That he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of all intercollegiate athletics is a reflection of his special talents in teaching and leading young men. These talents include his thorough knowledge of the game, his lifelong dedication, his fierce competitiveness, and his wry sense of humor.
More than anything else, he is a players’ coach. His role in the character formation of hundreds of young men cannot be measured. Posted throughout his locker room are such pithy phrases as: “Deeds, not words,” “Discipline yourself and others won’t need to,” and “The man on top of the mountain did not fall there.”
In 25 collegiate seasons as a head coach, including 15 at Georgetown, Dave has posted a lifetime record of 272-89 (.753). He has brought the Hoyas’ program to national prominence and has established the Hoyas 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 who can make that claim. In six of those years, the Hoyas have made it to at least the quarterfinals. In 1999, the Hoyas advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, the best finish ever in the history of Georgetown lacrosse. Under his guidance, 78 different players have earned All-America accolades.
Dave is a former chairman and member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee and the USILA Rules Advisory Committee. Since his arrival in Washington, he has coached three times in the North-South game. He continues to give back to the game he loves. He unfailingly gives his time helping other coaches and makes untold numbers of youth and coaching clinic appearances.
He and his wife Linda reside in Fairfax, VA. Their children Holly, Scott and Mindy are all graduates of Georgetown.