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What Rocks: Kevin Warne
Last week, Kevin Warne was named head coach of Georgetown lacrosse. He replaces the legendary Dave Urick, who led the program to 223 wins and 12 top-ten year-end rankings in his 23 years in command. Warne comes from an assistant coaching position at University of Maryland, where he won 25 games in two years and helped the team to the NCAA National Championship game in both 2011 and 2012. Both years, the Terrapins finished the season ranked second in the nation.
Warne has also been on the coaching staff at Harvard, UMBC, and the University of Delaware as an assistant coach, where he built a reputation for being one of the best defensive-minded staff members in collegiate lacrosse. While at Harvard, Warne helped the team reach a No. 11 ranking and led the defense to the third-lowest goals allowed per game in 2009. Warne was also named one of the top assistant coaches by ESPN before the 2010 season. That season, Harvard was able to defeat Princeton for the first time in 20 years.
“I’m really excited to name Kevin Warne as head coach for our men’s lacrosse program,” Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said in a statement. “Kevin’s commitment to student-athlete welfare and his passion for the game makes him the perfect person to take over our lacrosse program at this time.”
“He is considered to be one of the top young assistants in the country and he has a terrific track record of success as an assistant coach, including appearances in the last two national championship games,” said Reed. “We welcome Kevin to the Hoya family and look forward to working with him to build on the great tradition and success of Georgetown lacrosse.”
Warne becomes the 12th head coach of the men’s lacrosse program in the past 50 years. He inherits a young team that finished 7-6 last season.
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