Just saw the news from our man, @AnishESPN.
In another dramatic turn of events, BOSS Starsia will not return to UVA for his 25th season.The school updated the website and put out a proper release, which you can find here. A national search to replace BOSS Starsia is underway.
It's official now. pic.twitter.com/yQ1d6TMOzV— College Crosse (@SexyTimeLax) May 23, 2016
Athletic Director Craig Littlepage was effusive in his praise of the hall of fame coach, stating:
"Dom Starsia is a Hall of Fame coach and I want to thank him for all he has done for Virginia men’s lacrosse, UVA athletics, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community. In addition to winning 73 percent of his games at UVA with multiple ACC and NCAA championships, Dom was committed to the development of student-athletes as his teams were cited for their sportsmanship and academic achievements. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and learned from Dom.""These decisions are not easy and Dom and I have had a number of substantive conversations over the last several weeks regarding the future of the program."
Additionally, Coach Starsia added:
"When our season ended, Craig informed me of his decision to make a coaching change. I wanted to take this moment to thank everyone who has been so gracious to me and my family during our time in Charlottesville. While blessed to have been part of some great teams, this experience has always been about the people and the relationships. I want to thank the players and their families who have been such an important part of my life. I would also like to thank all the coaches and staff who have propped me up over a lot of years, and especially to Marc Van Arsdale, who was here when I arrived 24 years ago. What a joy it has been to coach with my son Joe these past three years! I am very proud of all that we have accomplished here at the University of Virginia."
More on how this impacts the Coaching Carousel later.
I highly encourage you to read Whitelaw Reid's article that was just posted about the entire saga and the sudden conclusion. Whitelaw's been on top of this story from the very beginning and was telling everyone that reports that Starsia would be back next year were premature.
A source tells me that reports of #UVa lax coach Dom Starsia returning next season are, at least at this point, premature.— Whitelaw Reid (@WhiteysWorld365) May 21, 2016
BREAKING: Sources confirm to The Daily Progress that #UVa lacrosse coach Dom Starsia's contract will not be renewed.— Whitelaw Reid (@WhiteysWorld365) May 23, 2016