Denver's Brown, Bostel Garner Awards from the IMLCA

BALTIMORE, Md. University of Denver men's lacrosse associate head coach Matt Brown was named the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I Assistant Coach of the Year, and director of media relations Nicole Bostel was named the recipient of the 2013 Inside Lacrosse/IMLCA Sports Information Service Award.

In his seventh season on the Denver coaching staff, Brown helped lead the Pioneers to a 14-5 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, securing their second ECAC Regular Season Championship. DU earned its first No. 1 ranking in 2013 and made a remarkable run to NCAA Championship Weekend, eventually falling to top-seeded Syracuse, 9-8.

"I am very honored to be receiving this award," Brown said. "There are so many worthy recipients, and I'm humbled to be recognized within this great group of Division I assistant coaches. Thanks to the IMLCA and the IMCLA awards committee. Like any individual award, there is always a team effort behind it. Thanks to our players, support staff and other coaches. I'm lucky to be surrounded by such great role models and lacrosse minds. Thanks to the University of Denver and their dedication to our student-athletes and lacrosse program. Thanks to my family, especially my wife Jewel and two daughters Mackenzie and Peyton for being so supportive in allowing me to be involved in this great sport of lacrosse."

Bostel is in her sixth year at DU with men's lacrosse being one of the five sports for which she serves as the primary contact. Additionally, she is responsible for the DU athletic department's social media policy.

In November 2012, Bostel was promoted to her current position, and in June 2013 she received the coveted CoSIDA Rising Star Award.

"Whether on campus at DU, at the NCAA Tournament sites or at the Mile High Classic in Denver, Nicole's done an amazing job running a tight ship for the Pioneers and handling their media requests," said Inside Lacrosse vice president/editor-in-chief John Jiloty. "She has a diverse skillset, she always seems to be on top of her game and she does a great job promoting lacrosse and the Pioneers program."

A 2004 graduate of the University of Florida and 2011 graduate of DU's University College graduate school, Bostel also worked for Nova Southeastern University, the University of Florida and the NBA's Orlando Magic. She accompanies the Pioneers at all games, home and road, including last year's NCAA championship weekend appearance. Bostel also helped out with the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic events at Denver's Sports Authority Field in 2012 and 2013.

"Nicole Bostel has been working with the University of Denver lacrosse program for five years. Since I arrived at DU in the summer of 2009, I have relied on Nicole to do just about anything needed by our program, to promote us, manage our games from a publicity and media standpoint, do statistics, travel with us and take care of anything imaginable to make our program better," said DU head coach Bill Tierney. "I can honestly say that without Nicole and the rest of my staff, we would not have achieved our most recent successes. This amazing award is much appreciated by Nicole and the whole University of Denver Athletic Department. We are humbled by the recognition and look forward to enhancing our role in Division I Men's Lacrosse."

Inside Lacrosse and the IMLCA will be honoring one sports information director for his or her service, commitment and dedication to lacrosse every year at the IMLCA Convention. The 2012 recipient of the award was Ernie Larossa of Johns Hopkins University.


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