USILA 2011 College Coaches of the Year

October21, 2011 -- The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association is proud to announce the 2011 Coaches of the Year. The Division I, II and III Coaches of the Year will be honored at the IMLCA/USILA Luncheon at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland on December 2, 2011.

Division I: Dom Starsia, University of Virginia
Dom Starsia is in his 20th season at the helm of Virginia men's lacrosse program. His Cavalier squads have won four NCAA titles and reached the final four 13 times. He has won more games than any coach in the ACC and Virginia history, sporting a 228-72 (.760) record. In 19 seasons with Virginia, Starsia reached his 300th career game with the Cavaliers in 2011, fittingly it was the 2011 NCAA title game against Maryland at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. UVa's efforts helped garner Starsia an ESPY nomination for Best Coach. He currently serves on the NCAA Championship advisory committee, the USILA All-American selection committee, the Tewaaraton Trophy selection committee, as well as the ACC Sportsmanship Committee and received the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award in 2006. He has been the president of the Men's Council of U.S. Lacrosse, a member of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Executive Committee and has coached in the North-South game twice.

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Division II: Chris Ryan, Mercyhurst College
Chris Ryan has been the head coach of Mercyhurst Lakers since 2001 after spending two years as an assistant coach. Ryan led the Lakers to the program's first national championship in 2011, capping a 14-2 season. He holds a 123-31 career record, ranking him in the top-5 among active coaches in winning percentage. In 2011, Ryan also guided Mercyhurst to 12 regular season victories, good enough to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. In the Championship game, Mercyhurst defeated Adelphi in Baltimore, Maryland, to capture the national title. His teams have produced Mercyhurst's first All-America selections, first Academic All-America selections and first ECAC All-Star selections. His Lakers have made five national semifinal appearances. Ryan was the 2004 Coach of the USILA Division I-II All-star game and is currently the Division II representative to the USILA Executive Committee.

Division III: Jake Coon, Rochester Institute of Technology
Jake Coon enters his third season at the helm of the RIT men's lacrosse program. In 2011 Coon was named the Empire 8 Coach of the Year for the second straight season after leading the Tigers to their second Empire 8 Championship and a magical run to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship. RIT, who finished 19-1, advanced to the national semifinals for the first time since the 1999 season. The 19 wins was a program record and the 19 straight wins to start the season was also a program record. In his first two seasons, Coon has amassed an impressive 33-7 record, two conference championships and two straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Coon played professionally for the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League from 2000-2003. He played for the Rochester Rattlers of the Major League Lacrosse from 2001-2005 and the Boston Cannons from 2005-2009.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia head men's lacrosse coach Dom Starsia has been awarded the 2011 F. Morris Touchstone Award as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (USILA) Division I Head Coach of the Year. Starsia becomes the first Virginia head coach to win the F. Morris Touchstone Award, which was first presented in 1958.

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