July 5, 2012

Give and Go: US U19 Assistant Coach Tom Duquette

by Matt Forman | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Tom Duquette, a two-time national champion attackman at Virginia, would like to have met Thomas Jefferson, the university's founder.
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The four-time All-American, two-time national champion attackman at Virginia, 1974 U.S. men's national team and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member is one of three assistant coaches for the U.S. under-19 men's national team that will compete July 12-21 in Turku, Finland, at the FIL World Championships. Here, he talks Thomas Jefferson and unhealthy breakfasts.

Who is your favorite athlete?
Johnny Unitas. He quarterbacked the Colts when I was growing up in Baltimore. I watched him live seven Sundays a year, and I watched him on TV the other seven Sundays. The stuff he did on the field, the way he carried himself — he was hero material.

What's one thing you can't live without?
My wife. We've been married for 37 years, and I can't imagine spending a day without her.

Who in lacrosse is destined to be a reality TV star?
I don't watch a whole lot of reality TV. It has to be someone with the right combination — a little crazy, a little strong. I would go with my ex-player at Norfolk Academy (Va.), Eric Martin, who was a 2010 Team USA player. He doesn't take any crap from anybody. He might get voted off right away, though.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Thomas Jefferson. Having gone to the University of Virginia, having read a lot of history and Jefferson's biography and knowing his place in the foundation of this country, he's somebody I'd like to sit down and have dinner with.

What's one thing that always puts you in a good mood?
Seeing my grandsons smile.

If you could trade places with any one person for a day, who would it be?
My oldest son, Bryan. He lives in San Francisco and works in the music industry. He's in the water three or four days a week. He lives in the city. If I could trade, I wouldn't mind being him for a little while.

Where did you go on your last vacation?
San Francisco for the Outside Lands Music Festival, which was last August.

What's one thing lacrosse really needs?
The game I played and the game I liked to coach was a much faster-paced game than it is today. I don't know what the solution is to speeding it up. I don't know that it's a shot clock or another measure — maybe just re-education of all the coaches — but I would love to see the pace of the game increased. It would help for TV, and it would help for the ultimate growth of the game.

It's 2022 — Where are you and what are you doing?
I hope I'm still ambulatory, and I hope I'm still coaching. I'm 60 right now, so I'll be really old in 10 years. If I'm still upright and coaching, I'll be a happy camper.

What's been the proudest moment of your lacrosse career?
This is tough, since I've had the opportunity to be with some very good teams and in some pretty cool situations. The stock ones would be going into the Hall of Fame, winning a world championship, winning a national championship or winning a club championship, but I can't distinguish between those. As a player, scoring seven goals against Hopkins as a freshman when Virginia hadn't beaten Hopkins in a while. That was 42 years ago. As a coach, winning the Invitational Lacrosse Tournament championship, which was the de facto state championship, in 1985. That was an unbelievable group of guys, a bunch of whom are very good friends to this day.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
As a coach, two bacon, egg and cheese biscuits and a large coke as my pre-game meal from Hardees. It's not the most nutritious, but it has worked. It may have come from the breakfast I had before the championship game in 1985.

What's your favorite moment of a lacrosse game?
I'm going to go off the board on this one: When the Hopkins captains go out and put the flags on goals of Hopkins' first home game of every season. That's one of the most special moments that I experienced in lacrosse, and I saw that a whole bunch of times when I was young. It happens once a year. If you haven't been to Homewood when it happens, you'd never know it. And some people who have been at Homewood really don't understand. That moment in that place is very special.


(from Georgetown junior defender Ashley Hunter): Can you impersonate anyone? If so, who?
No, nor would I try.

Double Overtime

(from Elizabeth Miller in Allen, Texas): If you were a donut, what kind would you be?
If I'm going to be a donut, I might as well be apple and cinnamon, because that's my favorite. It's a donut with delicious apple pie with cinnamon sugar on top — a little bit of apple pie to start your day.

Pose a question for our next subject.
If you could play any other sport, team or individual, what sport would it be? And who would you like to be?

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A version of this article appears in the July issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 400,000-plus members today to start your monthly subscription.

Follow the U.S. U19 team at laxmagazine.com/teamusa/u19men through the FIL World Championships July 12-21. The team has training camp Friday through Sunday at Bryant University in Rhode Island and leaves for Finland on Monday.

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