UAlbany's Scott Marr Named 2007 USILA Division I National Coach of the Year
UAlbany set a school record for single-season victories with a 15-3 campaign, including a perfect 10-0 mark at home. The Great Danes opened the schedule with an 11-game win streak, the longest since the program became a varsity sport in 1970. UAlbany registered seven top-20 wins, the most ever in a Division I season, including an 8-7 victory over eventual national champion Johns Hopkins.
The Great Danes, who were ranked No. 2 nationally in the USILA coaches’ poll for six consecutive weeks, defeated UMBC, 15-14, for their fourth America East championship. Marr’s squad has reached the conference tournament final six years in a row. UAlbany recorded the athletic program’s first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament victory in a 19-10 decision over Loyola on May 13 at John Fallon Field. The Great Danes were then edged in a memorable overtime game against top-ranked Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinals.
UAlbany ranked second among the NCAA leaders in scoring offense at 13.78 goals per game. Frank Resetarits, the first Great Dane to be selected in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, was voted to the USILA All-America first team. Jordan Levine (second team), Merrick Thomson (third team) and Brett Queener (honorable mention) joined him on the USILA squad. Thomson and Resetarits, a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, are one-two on the school’s all-time scoring list.
“This is an award for the whole program,” Marr said. “It is certainly an honor to be recognized by your peers. But it has taken a lot of people within our athletic department to get this program off the ground and headed in the right direction. I am grateful to our coaching staff and the student-athletes for their hard work.”
In his seven years at UAlbany, Marr has a 65-43 career record for a .602 winning percentage. His teams have won 10 or more games four times and advanced to NCAA tournament play in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007. Marr, who previously was an assistant at