August 14, 2012

Maryland Assistant Warne Named Georgetown Head Coach

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Maryland assistant Kevin Warne has been named the new head coach of Georgetown. Warne, known for his sideline intensity, helped lead the Terrapins to back-to-back national title game appearances in College Park.
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Maryland will have to find a new leader for its moshpit.

Terrapins assistant Kevin Warne, whose super-charged energy made Maryland's sideline intensity a trademark during its run to the national title game last year, was on Tuesday named Georgetown's new head coach. Warne replaces Dave Urick, who led the Hoyas for the last 23 seasons and stepped down in July.

"You've got to be who you are when you coach," Warne told Lacrosse Magazine after Maryland's 16-10 defeat of Duke in the final four. "Get excited when the kids do something right. Every once in a while I hope I don't get butt-ended in the face or something like that. It's one of our greatest strengths. I know the guys look over at the bench and get all juiced up. I certainly would if I were playing. It's good for us. It's one of the things that has made us successful. It's entirely pure. It's not fake. We really thrive on it. It's just being excited for one another. That's the greatest thing."

Warne's imminent hiring was first reported by Christian Swezey of The Washington Post. Quint Kessenich of ESPN and Inside Lacrosse also reported the news.

One of the most well-respected defensive minds in the game, Warne also is known for his dedication to breaking down film and preparing detailed scouting reports.

Warne's reconstruction of the Maryland defense for 2012 might have been one of the most-impressive-yet-undercovered stories of the season. Having to replace its entire close defense — Max Schmidt, Brett Schmidt and Ryder Bohlander — from the previous year's runner-up, Warne slowly built one of the nation's top units for a second straight year.

Jesse Bernhardt, who was named a second-team All-American, along with Michael Erhardt and short-sticks Landon Carr and David Miller had made only three combined starts entering the season. Goran Murray, a freshman, didn't look great in the fall but earned honorable mention All-American accolades. Sophomore Brian Cooper picked up a long pole for the first time in the spring.

"Believe me, we had some ups and downs," Warne said in Foxborough. "One of our strengths was that we didn't have experience, but we had athletes who were willing to learn."

And a coach who was willing to teach.

Warne's hiring comes during a down period of recruiting, though it's only two weeks before classes start. But the moshpit is on the move to the Hilltop.

According to sources familiar with the situation, Georgetown narrowed its target list to an initial group of finalists and conducted interviews with them two weeks ago. Well-regarded head and assistant coaches across Division I and Division III opted to remain put before Georgetown found its man.

original story 08.14.2012

from press release

WASHINGTON – Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed has announced that Kevin Warne has been named the head coach for the Hoyas men's lacrosse program. He becomes the 12th head coach in the program's 50-year history.

Warne comes to the Hilltop after two years as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, where he helped lead the Terrapins to back-to-back appearances in the national championship game. He takes over for the legendary Dave Urick, who stepped down from coaching after winning 223 games in 23 years at the helm of the program.

"I'm really excited to name Kevin Warne as head coach for our men's lacrosse program," Reed said. "Kevin's commitment to student-athlete welfare and his passion for the game makes him the perfect person to take over our lacrosse program at this time. He is considered to be one of the top young assistants in the country and he has a terrific track record of success as an assistant coach, including appearances in the last two national championship games. We welcome Kevin to the Hoya family and look forward to working with him to build on the great tradition and success of Georgetown lacrosse."

Regarded as one of the top defensive minds in men's lacrosse, Warne helped guide Maryland to consecutive NCAA National Championship games in his two years in College Park with a 25-11 record. The Terps finished the season ranked No. 2 in the country by Inside Lacrosse in 2011 and 2012.

In 2011, his first season with Maryland, Warne helped lead the Terps to a 13-5 season record, the 2011 ACC championship and three-straight wins in the NCAA Tournament to reach the title game. In 2012, Maryland finished the regular season, 9-5 and again advanced to the NCAA Tournament Championship Game. In two seasons, Warne helped guide seven Maryland players to earn All-America honors, including defender Brett Schmidt, who was named the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011.

Prior to Maryland, Warne spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard, where his primary responsibility was overseeing the Crimson defense. In his first season with the Crimson program in 2008, the team had the most All-Ivy League selections since 1999 and was ranked in both major polls during the year. During the 2009 campaign, Warne's defensive unit ranked third in the nation in goals allowed per game and Harvard won eight games for the first time since 2002.

The Crimson earned five All-Ivy picks and was ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation in the USILA poll. Harvard allowed 10 or more goals only twice and upset No. 5 Duke to open the season. Warne's work with the Crimson earned him recognition as one of college lacrosse's top assistant coaches by ESPN's Quint Kessenich prior to the 2010. In 2010, Warne helped the Crimson win at least six games for the third straight season, as Harvard earned its first victory over No. 6 Princeton since 1990.

Warne came to Harvard from UMBC, where he served as associate head coach for the Retrievers and helped UMBC advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2007. He also served as UMBC's main recruiting coordinator, as well as the program's liaison to the equipment and strength & conditioning departments. Prior to his position at UMBC, Warne served as an assistant coach from 2001-04 at the University of Delaware, working primarily with the offense..

A 2000 graduate of Hofstra, Warne majored in psychology while playing for the Pride from 1995-99. He was a four-year letterwinner and a two-time All-America East honoree. As a senior, he was also named an honorable mention All-American after guiding Hofstra to its third league championship and postseason berth.

While finishing his degree at Hofstra, Warne served as an assistant coach at Plainview-Old Bethpage High School on Long Island. He got his start at the collegiate coaching level in 2000 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy prior to moving on to coach at Delaware.

Warne married the former Jennifer Merrill, who was a four-time letterwinner and team captain at Hofstra in volleyball, in August 2009. The couple currently resides in Baltimore with newborn daughter, Campbell.

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