I Hope You Will Be Very Happy: Leadership Lessons From a Lifetime in Lacrosse

I Hope You Will Be Very Happy: Leadership Lessons From a Lifetime in Lacrosse

  • Author: Dom Starsia
  • Page Count: 275
  • Pub. Date: October 14, 2019
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-760-1
  • Status: E-Book

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I Hope You Will Be Very Happy: Leadership Lessons From a Lifetime in Lacrosse
by Dom Starsia

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From the Author:
"I first thought of playing lacrosse in the fall of my freshman year at Brown in 1970. Coming up on 50 years in the game, I have had a number of friends and fans who told me I needed to write a book about a life in the game. Never quite convinced that my life was that interesting to begin with, I have become preoccupied with sharing my experience with those who might value and benefit from some practical observations.

What you will find within here are letters to players, parents and fans, a series on leadership that applies to both athletes and coaches, essays on the zone defense that carried us to the National Championship in 2011, a family situation that provided an opportunity to make strategic adjustments that led to a Championship in 2003, the language of lacrosse, the value of being a great passer, and many others that recount personal stories and life lessons that have shaped my career.

My goal is that you will find something here that will help you on your journey."
— Dom Starsia

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Dom Starsia coached college lacrosse for 42 years, including 18 as an assistant and the head coach at Brown University and 24 years as the head coach at the University of Virginia.  He retired from the college coaching ranks in 2016 as the winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 history.

Starsia had never seen lacrosse before he entered Brown University as a football recruit in the fall of 1970. He went on to be first team All-Ivy in both 1973 and 74 and was an All-American selection in both those years. Starsia played professional box lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League in 1975 and was selected to the US National Team that competed in the World Games in 1978.  He was named the USCLA Club Defenseman of the Year in 1979 and was named to Brown's Team of the Millennium in 2000.

As a head coach, Starsia's Brown team won Ivy League Championships in 1985 and 1991. His teams at Virginia made 13 NCAA semifinal appearances, won 6 ACC Tournament Championships and 4 Division 1 NCAA Championships in 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2011. He was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year 8 times and won the Morris Touchstone Award as the USILA National Coach of the Year in 1985, 1991 and 2011.

Starsia was honored as the USILA Man of the Year in 2006 and received the organization's Frenchy Julien Service Award in 2017. He has served on the Harlem Lacrosse Executive Board since 2013 and received their Leadership Award in 2016.  He received the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coach's Association Creator's Award in 2016 and the University of Virginia McCue Society Jim West Service Award in 2017. He was inducted in to the Lake Placid Legends Society in 2018.

Starsia has been inducted in to the Brown University, Rhode Island, New England and Central Virginia Hall of Fame.  He was inducted in to the United States National Hall of Fame in 2008.

He presently serves as the head coach for the Chrome Team in this inaugural 2019 season of the Premier Lacrosse League.