Starsia Named 2011 USILA DI Head Coach of the Year

Oct. 24, 2011

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.

The accolade is Starsia’s third career F. Morris Touchstone Award, previously winning at Brown in 1985 and 1991. The Valley Stream, N.Y., native is now in a four-way tie for the most times being awarded in the history of the USILA honor. Richard M. Moran (Cornell), Robert Scott (Johns Hopkins) and Tony Seaman (Pennsylvania/Towson) share the honor with Starsia with three career F. Morris Touchstone Awards apiece. Only Starsia is an active head coach.

Starsia will enter his 20th season at Virginia in 2012 with 329 career victories, the most all-time at the Division I level, passing iconic coach Jack Emmer (326) with UVa’s 2011 NCAA Quarterfinal win against Cornell. His Cavalier squads have won four NCAA titles and reached Championship Weekend 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.

Starsia 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. 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. Starsia also received the USILA’s Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award in 2006.