Willie Scroggs with wife Karen Shelton and son William Scroggs
Willie Scroggs with wife Karen Shelton and son William Scroggs
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Scroggs Earns Prestigious Award From USILA
Release: 01/01/2017

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released its 2016 Special Achievement Awards at the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association National Convention last month in Baltimore, Maryland.

Each year the USILA honors individuals with three special awards, including the Joseph R. "Frenchy" Julien Award, the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award and the Doyle Smith Sports Information/Media Award.

Willie Scroggs was named the Joseph R. “Frenchy” Julien Award winner, Marquette’s Joe Amplo earned the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award and ESPN’s Paul Carcaterra was named the Doyle Smith Sports Information/Media Award honoree.

2016 USILA Special Awards

The Joseph R. "Frenchy" Julien Award is presented to a member of the lacrosse community for outstanding and continuous service to the sport.  This individual has rendered a lifetime of service, accomplishments and contributions to the sport. The award is presented annually in honor of former Chief Referee Frenchy Julien.

The 2016 recipient of the Frenchy Julien Award is: Willie Scroggs, NCAA Rules Editor

Willie Scroggs built and maintained the University of North Carolina's men's lacrosse program into one of the most successful entities in Atlantic Coast Conference history while also leading that team to incredible accolades on the national stage. During his coaching career at Carolina, which began in 1978, he led Tar Heel teams to a 120-37 record over 12 seasons. Scroggs led UNC to national championships in 1981, 1982 and 1986 and to ACC titles in 1981, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Under his tenure, Carolina lacrosse teams reached the NCAA semifinals in nine of his 12 seasons as head coach. His 1981 team was the first national championship team at UNC since the men's basketball team won the NCAA title in 1957.

Scroggs retired in 1990 from coaching but has continued his service to the game of lacrosse. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the USILA and served as President for three years. He is presently the NCAA Rules Editor.   

The Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award is presented in honor of one of the sport's most outstanding coaches. The recipient of this award has contributed to the game of lacrosse in a capacity over and above the normal efforts and in so doing, has shown unselfish and untiring devotion to the game.

The 2016 Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award recipient is: Joe Amplo, Marquette University

In just four seasons of competition, Joe Amplo has built the Marquette program into a BIG EAST Conference Champion and established himself as one of the top head coaches in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse. Amplo, a Team USA assistant coach and member of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee, was named the first head coach in Marquette history in 2011 and has built a program in his likeness to national relevance.

In 2016 Amplo led Marquette to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance on the heels of a victory over No. 1 Denver in the BIG EAST Championship game. The Golden Eagles earned a No. 6 national seed in the NCAA Lacrosse playoffs which was a first for the state of Wisconsin. The Marquette defense ranked among the nation's leaders all of 2016. 

The Doyle Smith Sports Information/Media Award is presented in honor of the career of outstanding service provided to lacrosse by longtime Virginia Assistant Sports Information Director Doyle Smith. Smith defined the game of collegiate lacrosse through his media releases and statistical and national poll coverage of the sport. 

The 2016 Doyle Smith Award recipient is: Paul Carcaterra, ESPN: Lacrosse Analyst and Assignment Reporter.

Paul Carcaterra joined ESPN for the 2010 lacrosse season as a game analyst and sideline reporter, and has since added studio analyst to his list of responsibilities. He has appeared on ESPNU's The Experts: College Lacrosse and several Sector SPDRS College Lacrosse Season Shows. He is a contributor to Inside Lacrosse Magazine and is president of No Limit Lacrosse.

Carcaterra has become a valued and trusted member of the media covering college lacrosse. He is tireless in his promotion of the positive stories in the sport. Paul has developed good relationships with coaches and student-athletes across the country. His presence on ESPNU, his national radio show and his recent work with US Lacrosse make him a natural for this award.

Carcaterra, a Syracuse University graduate, helped guide the Orange to the 1995 national title.  He was also a member of the New Jersey Pride and represented Team England in the World Lacrosse Games in 1998.
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