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Georgetown's Urick Retires After 23 Seasons

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Dave Urick, who went 223-99 and at one time led Georgetown to 11 straight NCAA tournaments, has stepped down as the Hoyas' head coach. He will remain with the university in an advisory capacity.

Georgetown men's lacrosse coach Dave Urick will retire after 23 seasons, Lacrosse Magazine's Joel Censer tweeted Friday. The university confirmed Urick's retirement with The Washington Post and later issued a statement.

Urick went 223-99 and led the Hoyas to 11 straight NCAA tournaments from 1997 to 2007, including a final four appearance in 1999, but they have not made the playoffs since. Georgetown was 7-6 in 2012. Urick never had a losing season at the helm. He will remain with the university as a special assistant to the athletic director.

Prior to coming to Georgetown, Urick led Hobart to a record 10 consecutive NCAA Division III championships. He's one of just four coaches in any sport in NCAA history to accomplish that feat.

"I have decided that now, after 42 years of coaching college lacrosse, I am ready to shift gears," Urick said in a letter obtained by The Washington Post. "Happily, I plan to continue working -- as a special assistant to Director of Athletics Lee Reed. I look forward to remaining involved in the future of Georgetown athletics, especially as we take on the challenge of constructing a new intercollegiate athletic center and a new lacrosse locker room."

"Dave Urick has been a great ambassador for Georgetown University and he has guided our men's lacrosse program to the top of the sport nationally," Reed said in the statement. "He is an icon in the sport and his legacy on the Hilltop will last for years to come. Dave brought our program from the ground up and made it one of the best in the country, both on the field and off. We're grateful for all that he has done for men's lacrosse and Georgetown University and I'm happy that we will have him here as a resource."

Georgetown, which hired Matt Kerwick away from Jacksonville to be its associate head coach a year ago, did not name a replacement for Urick, stating that "a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately."

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