WASHINGTON, DC – University of the District of Columbia Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Patricia Thomas, has announced the hiring of Scott Urick as the first ever Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach. Urick comes to the University of the District of Columbia after 11 years as an Assistant Coach at Georgetown University where he helped lead the Hoyas to six NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearances. The Firebirds will compete in the East Coast Conference beginning in the 2014 season.
Thomas had this to say about the groundbreaking announcement: “Scott Urick is an outstanding leader for the first men’s lacrosse program at the University of the District of Columbia. His experiences as a student-athlete, professional athlete, and coach on the highest levels are exceptional. Scott has the expertise and work ethic to elevate our program as well as enhance the sport in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is a tremendous person, and I could not be more pleased to have him join the Firebird family.”
During his time at Georgetown, Urick served as the Offensive Coordinator and man-up coach. He helped 24 players earn All-American distinction, including the 2002 Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award winner for most outstanding player in the country, Steve Dusseau. Urick mentored 18 different players to All-Big East accolades and helped 28 different players earn All-ECAC honors including the 2002, 2004, and 2007 Offensive Players of the Year.
Under Urick’s tutelage, Georgetown qualified for the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Quarterfinal round from 2002 to 2007. Georgetown finished in the top ten of the final USILA poll seven times during his tenure and won the ECAC Championship in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. The Hoyas’ offense under Urick finished the season ranked among the top 20 nationally in scoring offense six times, including three top 10 finishes.
Before his time at Georgetown, Urick spent one season as an Assistant Coach at Cornell University, helping the Big Red to a second place finish in the Ivy League.
Scott Urick had this to say about his appointment: “I am extremely honored and proud to be named the first Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach in University of the District of Columbia history. Under the guidance of President Allen Sessoms and Athletic Director Patricia Thomas, the University of the District of Columbia has been working hard to build the Athletic Department over the past several years. The results have been very positive as evidenced by the recent success of several teams, and I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of the future success of the Firebirds. The location of the university, the academic programs available, and the vast improvements underway to the physical campus and athletic facilities make the University of the District of Columbia a very attractive place to study and compete as a student-athlete. I am thrilled with this opportunity, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Urick concluded his playing career as one of the most decorated lacrosse players in the history of the game, playing nine seasons of professional lacrosse with the New Jersey Pride (2001-08) and the Washington Bayhawks (2009) of Major League Lacrosse. A four-time all-star selection, Urick was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2002 MLL All-Star Game, and he scored 234 goals in 102 career games.
Urick was a member of the United States national team in 2006, leading the team with 20 goals en route to the championship game and the silver medal at the World Lacrosse Championships in Ontario, Canada.
Urick graduated from Georgetown University as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer with 144 goals, and he is second in school history for goals in a single season with 47. He was a two-time All-America selection and was a captain in both his junior and senior years. Urick recorded 180 career points, the fifth highest total in school history. He played on four NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1999 team, which advanced to the NCAA Semifinals. An All-Tournament selection in 1999, he also represented Georgetown in the 2000 North/South All-Star game and was the team MVP.
In October, 2011 Urick was inducted into the Potomac Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Urick is the son of coaching legend Dave Urick, and he resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Peggy.
The University of the District of Columbia is an NCAA Division II member institution, competing in the East Coast Conference. Lacrosse will be the fifth men’s program sponsored at the university. The University of the District of Columbia currently sponsors 10 intercollegiate programs including: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and women’s indoor and outdoor track. With the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, as well as women’s swimming in the near future, the Firebirds will sponsor a total of 13 athletic programs.