At the Hobart College Athletics Hall of Fame reception on Saturday, Nov. 10, President Mark D. Gearan will present the President’s Medal to David J. Urick. As head lacrosse coach at Hobart, Urick enjoyed unprecedented success, guiding the team to 10 straight NCAA Division III Championships. He went on to become head coach of Georgetown University’s lacrosse team.
“In a career spanning four decades, Coach Urick has exemplified commitment and dedication to collegiate sports,” says Gearan. “During his tenure at the helm of Hobart lacrosse, he established a winning culture that propelled the program into the national spotlight and left a legacy for generations of Statesmen to come.”
A 1970 graduate of Cortland State, where he starred in football and lacrosse, Urick joined the Hobart staff as an assistant football and lacrosse coach in 1971. He became head football coach in 1976, earning ICAC Coach of the Year honors. Urick became head lacrosse coach in 1980, and that same year won the Francis “Babe” Kraus Award as Division III Coach of the Year, an honor he would receive again in 1981. In 1987 Urick won his eighth-straight Division III title, surpassing UCLA’s John Wooden for most consecutive championships in a team sport. In 1989 Urick left Geneva to coach Georgetown University.
In July 2012, he stepped down from his 23-year tenure as head coach of the men’s lacrosse team. Urick brought the Hoyas’ program to national prominence and established GU as one of the elite lacrosse programs in the country. Under his direction, the Hoyas finished 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. He was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Coach of the Year in 2000 and again in 2007.
The author of Sports Illustrated’s “Lacrosse, Fundamentals for Winning,” Urick has been inducted into four Halls of Fame for his contributions to lacrosse as a coach, including the Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame in 1986, the Hall of Fame of the Upstate New York Lacrosse Foundation Chapter in 1991, the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Potomac Chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005. On Oct. 6, 1990, Urick was inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame.
One of Urick’s many honors was being selected to serve as head coach of the 1986 Team USA, which won the gold medal at the World Games in Toronto. Additionally, 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. Urick is a former chair and member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee and the USILA Rules Advisory Committee.
Urick, who lives with his wife, Linda, in Fairfax, Va., will continue to work at Georgetown as special assistant to the athletic director.
The President’s Medal is presented to individuals for outstanding service to the community, the country and their profession. The recipients of the President’s Medal embody the values of Hobart and William Smith Colleges: a student-centered learning environment, globally focused, grounded in the values of equity and service, developing citizens who will lead in the 21st century. Past medalists include Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, Aaron S. Williams, 18th Director of the Peace Corps., Congressman John R. Lewis and Eric Liu, renowned author and public intellectual.
The 2012 Hall of Fame celebration will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Scandling Campus Center followed by dinner in the Vandervort Room at 7 p.m. The seven Statesmen who will be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame class are Andrew D’Eloia ’95, of Brooklyn, brothers Larry ’82 and Tom ’85 Grimaldi, both of Corning, Andy Horton ’98, of Shelburne, Vt., Scott Iklé ’84, of Geneva, Chris Teerlinck ’93, of Canandaigua, and the late Albert “Nick” Iorio ’38.
To attend, please RSVP by November 1 to Judy Sinicropi at Sinicropi@hws.edu or (315) 781-3075.