December 7, 2012

Berkman, Boyle Take Coach of Year Honors

Salisbury coach also wins Myers Man of Year Award

from staff reports | Related: Toomey, Chemotti Win D-I Awards

Salisbury's Jim Berkman was named Division III Coach of the Year for the third time, and also won the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award.
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BALTIMORE — Friday afternoon at the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Convention, Salisbury Unviersity men's lacrosse head coach Jim Berkman received two honors as the awards continue to come in for the national championship season of 2012. Berkman was named the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year and earned the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award.

This marks the third time in Berkman's career that he has collected national Coach of the Year honors, having also been named the nation's top coach in 1991 and 2008.

This is his first time receiving the Myers Man of the Year award, which is presented in honor of Howdy Myers, who won 17 championships as a head coach with three different schools and was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1971. The annual recipient of the 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.

Along with the incredible success Salisbury had on the field in 2012, Berkman received the Myers award for his shining a light on personal fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, following a health scare early this season.

Berkman had a heart attack in March, and had a pair of stents inserted to relieve a blockage. Given his healthy off-the-field lifestyle, paying attention to his diet and other contributing factors to heart disease, Berkman spoke out about other reasons for his scare.

"I did all the right things, it's just that the gene thing isn't good," Berkman told Lacrosse Magazine's Jac Coyne.

"It's like a bad dream that I just woke up from," he said. "It's hard to believe that it could be you when you did all of those things for so long. There's not a person I know who could have worked out more than I have for the past 35 years. Nobody could say that they did."

During the 2012 season Berkman became the first coach in NCAA men's lacrosse history, across any division, to reach 400 career victories. He led the team to a perfect 23-0 record and collected the program's 10th national championship. It was the seventh perfect season in program history, along with 1994, '95, 2004, '05, '07 and '08.

Salisbury will look to defend its national championship in 2013, beginning the season on Feb. 10, hosting Greensboro College.

Boyle Takes Third Division II Coach of the Year Award

Dowling College head men's lacrosse coach Tim Boyle was named the 2012 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division II Coach of the Year.

Boyle guided the Golden Lions to a 13-2 record and the program's first-ever NCAA Division II Championship in 2012.

After an 11-2 regular season finish, the Golden Lions earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, where they faced the top-seeded Mercyhurst Lakers in the semifinals. A 7-6 overtime win sent Dowling to the championship game where they defeated the Saints for a program-high 13 wins in a single season.

The Golden Lions finished ranked inside the top 10 nationally in scoring offense, scoring defense, faceoff win percentage, scoring margin, win percentage, points per game, and ground balls per game.

This is Boyle's third Coach of the Year honor, 2006 and 2010, in his 13 years leading the Golden Lions.

Boyle and the Golden Lions will open the 2013 regular season on Feb. 23, at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.

Stevens' Madalon Named Division III Top Assistant

Stevens Institute of Technology men's lacrosse associate head coach Matt Madalon won the IMLCA Division III Outstanding Assistant Coach award. This season will mark the sixth for Madalon on the sidelines of the nationally ranked Stevens lacrosse program.

In 2012, Madalon helped guide the Ducks to their first-ever Empire 8 Conference title in the program's 127-year history and a second round appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship. The team racked up a school-record 17 victories and only lost three contests by a combined six goals.

Over the past five seasons, the men's lacrosse program has tallied an overall record of 62-24, including a 33-6 mark in 2011 and 2012. Since 2008, when Madalon stepped foot on Castle Point, Stevens has garnered an impressive 15 USILA All-Americans, including the first-ever first-team honoree in Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J.) last season.

"Coach Madalon has been my assistant for three years at Stevens and was the assistant for two years before my arrival," NYIT head coach Gene Peluso said. "Going on his sixth year, he has been an excellent recruiter. He had worked hard during the period of time when Stevens was looking for a new head coach and his work and passion for Stevens lacrosse was the reason I was able to come in and hit the ground running four years ago. We had four offensive All Americans in 2012 and they have all benefitted from Coach Madalon's excellent ability to coach and motivate student-athletes. His longevity at Stevens is a product of his passion to our student-athletes and this program."


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