Georgetown Prep announced the hiring of a new boys’ lacrosse coach Friday in the wake of the worst season in recent memory for the North Bethesda prep school powerhouse.
Scott Urick, a former Georgetown all-American who spent the past four years as the head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of the District of Columbia, will take over the Little Hoyas after a tumultuous two-year stretch for the nationally renowned team.
Georgetown Prep won more than 400 games and produced 36 high school all-Americans during the 27-year tenure of former Coach Kevin Giblin, but he abruptly resigned following the 2014 season. The school then elevated offensive coordinator Charlie Horning to interim head coach and retained much of Giblin’s staff.
Horning led the Little Hoyas to the Interstate Athletic Conference championship game during his first season, but they stumbled to a 12-7 mark this past spring and finished fourth in the six-team league.
Urick made it clear a return to the top of the standings is one of his initial goals.
“Coming into this, just be as competitive as we can. Establish a culture of work ethic and, of course, doing it for the kids. Just keep moving the program forward,” Urick said. “I have no doubt we’ll be highly competitive quickly and be firmly entrenched with the very best teams around.”
Urick, 38, was an All-Met at Robinson and recruited the IAC extensively during 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown. He ended his collegiate career on the Hilltop as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer and also played professionally in Major League Lacrosse for nine seasons. This will be his first time coaching job at the high school level.
Urick most recently started the UDC men’s lacrosse team from scratch four years ago, and the “essence of all of those jobs are the same,” he said. “I consider myself a mentor, a leader, an educator and a role model. . . and that won’t change.”
“Coach Urick will bring a wealth of lacrosse knowledge and professionalism to the Georgetown Prep athletic department,” Athletic Director Dan Paro added in the school’s news release about the hiring. “Having attended high school in the area, he understands and respects the Georgetown Prep lacrosse tradition. He will be a great role model for Prep’s student-athletes.”