H-SC’s Rostan receives service award

Published 3:43 pm Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hampden-Sydney lacrosse head coach Ray Rostan was honored with the United States intercollegiate Lacrosse Associations Frenchy Julien Service Award on Friday at the annual lacrosse coaches convention.

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

Rostan will be entering his 40th season as a collegiate coach and his 32nd as the head coach at H-SC, where he has had an extraordinary career.

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Rostan currently stands in the top 10 among coaches, active and non-active, in all-time collegiate victories in all NCAA divisions, with an overall mark of 329-191, including a 289-166 record at Hampden-Sydney.

Rostan is just the third lacrosse coach in Hampden-Sydney history, and since he took the helm in 1985, the Tigers have won four ODAC championships, made seven NCAA Tournament appearances, and had 158 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference, 65 All-America and seven USILA Scholar All-America selections.

Additionally, he has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year four times and has twice earned the Francis “Babe” Kraus Memorial Award, after being voted the National Coach of the Year by his peers.

Rostan’s storied career as a head coach began at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he coached from 1979-81, and his team broke 14 school records. He then moved to Ithaca from 1982-83, coaching both lacrosse and soccer; in 1982, he guided the Bombers to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

He then came to Hampden-Sydney, where he has not only been the head lacrosse coach, but has also served as the head water polo coach and the soccer assistant coach. Rostan’s first lacrosse recruiting class won the ODAC in 1989, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament that year.

In addition to his tenure at Hampden-Sydney, Rostan served as the Defensive Coordinator for the U.S. National Lacrosse team that won the 2002 World Championship in Perth, Australia.

Rostan was a member of the 1973 Cortland State National Championship team. He later played professionally in the National Lacrosse League for the 1974 National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Griffins and for the Long Island Tomahawks in 1975.

Rostan was a member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee representing Divisions I, II and III from 1998 through 2003. He also served as the Chair of the USILA Men’s North-South game for ten years. Coach Rostan served Hampden-Sydney as the advisor to the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for ten years. He formerly served the USILA Committee for Coaching Ethics.

In 2014, the Tigers were awarded the James “Ace” Adams Award for Sportsmanship for District 4 by the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association.