Jeff White catches up with UVA's Men's Lacrosse Coach Dom Starsia
CHARLOTTESVILLE -- For further proof of lacrosse's growth, check out UVa men's coach Dom Starsia's recent travel schedule. In the span of about a week, the sport took him to San Francisco, to Harlem, N.Y., and to Tulsa, Okla.
"Ten years ago, I'm not going to any of those locations," said Starsia, who's heading into his 22nd season at Virginia.
On Oct. 12, UVa scrimmaged Princeton in the fifth San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic. A few days later, Starsia flew to New York and attended his first meeting as a member of the executive board of Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership, whose program directors include former UVa player Wyatt Melzer.
Finally, Saturday in Tulsa, Starsia took part in a lacrosse clinic whose sponsors included the Muscogee Creek Nation, a Native American tribal group. The organizers of the clinic included Justin Giles, a Native American who played for Starsia at UVa. Among those joining Starsia at the clinic were Brett Bucktooth and Neal Powless, former college stars who have represented the Iroquois at the world championships.
"The emphasis on the Native American piece of it all was really kind of cool," Starsia said. "And then at the end, as I was getting ready to leave, they had a closing ceremony, and they wrapped me in a Native blanket that they gave me. It was very nice. People were very appreciative. It really made for a nice week, just the three trips and all the different stuff."