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Reports: Virginia lacrosse coach Dom Starsia will not return to team in 2017

Search underway to replace college lacrosse's all-time winningest coach

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According to reports from Inside Lacrosse, Virginia men's lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia will not return as the program's head coach for the 2017 season.

Starsia led Virginia to four national titles since taking the reins in 1993. His 274 wins at UVA are the most by any coach in Cavalier lacrosse history, and his 375 career wins make Starsia the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. (Duke's John Danowski is second with 343 D-I wins.)

Virginia's most recent lacrosse title under Starsia came in 2011, but the Cavaliers have not made it past the first round of the NCAA tournament since 2012. A 7-8 finish in 2016 included an 0-4 mark in ACC play—the second consecutive season Virginia has gone winless in conference play and dropping the Hoos to 1-12 in the ACC the past three seasons.

Starsia's contract was most recently renewed in 2012 and expires in January 2017. It contains a provision by which the school can reassign Starsia to another role within the athletic department with no penalty or buy-out.

The timeline to hire Starsia's successor will no doubt be affected by the NCAA tournament. The title game is Memorial Day.


Lacrosse Magazine has also published the news of Starsia's departure, citing the initial Inside Lacrosse article.