April 28, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University men's lacrosse Head Coach Kevin Warne has been named the 2015 BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year, when the conference announced their major award winners on Tuesday afternoon.
Warne guided the Hoyas to a 9-5 overall record, a five-game improvement from last season. He has his squad ranked No. 13 in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the Cascade/Maverik Media Poll at the end of the regular season for the program's highest end of a season ranking since 2008.
"Coach Warne has been extremely passionate and committed to helping this program win and improve from day one," said two-year captain Reilly O'Connor. "It's great to see him receive the personal recognition he deserves, as well as the success our team has had this year. We would not be where we are today without his leadership."
The Hoyas finished BIG EAST play with a 4-1 record, their best mark since 2010, to earn the No. 2 seed in this week's BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Championships presented by New York Life, where they will take on No. 3 seed Marquette.
Warne is in his third season on the Hilltop after replacing legendary Head Coach Dave Urick prior to the 2012 season. GU suffered through a pair of sub-.500 seasons prior to a breakout 2015. This season GU is first or second in 12 statistical categories among conference schools. They have scored over three more goals per game (11.86 in `15 - 8.64 in `14) and caused close to two more turnovers per game (7.35 in `15 - 5.85 in `14).
"It's a humbling honor to be named coach of the year," Warne said. "I will tell you that we would not have been where we are without the great work of my staff Matt Rewkowski, Justin Ward and Jack Runkel and the performance and attitude of our players, who have worked hard every day since the fall."