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Former NCAA star Urso takes over helm for Garnet Valley boys

Sunday, 5th October 2008

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, posted 10/5/08

After a long layoff from lacrosse, Frank Urso decided that having the chance to work with his son in youth lacrosse was the right reason to begin coaching.

Now, four years later, the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame member and four-time All-American midfielder from Maryland has emerged as the head coach for the Garnet Valley boys.

Urso, one of only four men ever to earn first-team All-American honors all four years (1973-76), moved to the Garnet Valley School District 18 years ago. He began coaching in the Brandywine Youth Club (Under-11) four years ago because his son, Vail, began playing.

This summer, after Garnet Valley’s first and only coach, Jim Harvey, was not brought back, support for Urso began to grow. He soon was offered the position and decided it was the perfect chance to coach his son in a program that enjoyed much success under Harvey (the Jaguars won the last four Del-Val League championships).

“I love the sport and this is a great opportunity to coach my son through high school,” Urso said, noting his son is in 8th grade. “Hopefully, I can share my experiences and teach them about the game. I’m a big team guy.”

Urso scored 127 goals at College Park and led the Terrapins to two national championships while being inducted into the Hall in 1981 and making the NCAA Silver Anniversary team. He also was named the NCAA Player of the Year (1975) and twice was the NCAA Midfielder of the Year. He later spent several years in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League.

“Obviously, I’m an offensive player, so we’ll run whole bunch of offenses,” he said. “It’s about the team learning together, playing hard and having a whole lot of fun.”

This season the Jags return several key players as they enter the Central League in hopes of reaching the District 1 playoffs in the first year of boys’ lacrosse under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

“We are extremely excited,” Urso said. “The Central League is a great league and it’s great competition. You can only get better by playing the best.”



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