Scalise has spent time as a player, coach and administrator in college athletics (Gil Talbot).
BALTIMORE – Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), the organization announced this week.
The award is presented in honor of one of the sport’s most outstanding coaches. Howdy Myers coached 17 championship teams at St. Paul’s, Johns Hopkins, and Hofstra. Myers was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1971. The nominee for this award should have 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.
Scalise has a storied history with the sport of lacrosse, spending time as a player, coach and administrator. An attacker at Brown from 1967-71, Scalise was a two-time All-America selection, earned a pair of All-New England honors and earned first team All-Ivy League recognition three times. He helped lead Brown to a share of its first Ancient Eight title in 1968, and later pushed the squad to a berth in the inaugural NCAA tournament as a co-captain.
A prolific goal scorer, Scalise set an NCAA record with 11 goals on May 5, 1971 against UConn in a historic performance that still holds the top spot in the NCAA record books. He tallied 47 goals as a junior to lead the NCAA and currently ranks 17th in Brown history with 137 career points, including 121 goals. As a senior, Scalise was the recipient of the Brown University Sportsmanship Award and Sports Illustrated Award of Merit, and he was welcomed into the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.
Harvard named Scalise, at the age of 24, the head coach of its men’s lacrosse program in 1975. Over 13 seasons, Scalise guided the team to a 98-77 overall record. He led the Crimson to an Ivy League championship and the team’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 1980, with the squad advancing to the quarterfinals. In his tenure as head coach, Scalise mentored two NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients, 25 All-Americans and 39 All-Ivy League honorees.
Scalise also served as the first head coach of the Harvard women’s soccer program, amassing a 113-38-11 overall record while becoming the first women’s collegiate soccer coach to reach the century mark. Under his watch, Scalise’s teams recorded three Ivy League titles with NCAA tournament appearances in 1982 (quarterfinals) and 1984 (second round).
In 2001, Scalise was appointed as Harvard’s Athletic Director. Under his management, Harvard has hosted a plethora of NCAA Championship events in a variety of sports, including the NCAA Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium in 2008, 2009 and 2012, while also displaying excellence on the field and in the classroom. In his 14-plus years as Harvard’s director of athletics, the Crimson has won 17 national championships, 107 Ivy League titles and had seven student-athletes named Rhodes Scholars. Harvard captured a school-record 14 conference titles in both the 2004-05 and 2013-14 seasons, and the Crimson class of 2015 set a school-record with 43 Ivy League crowns.
The current chair of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rule Committee and former member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Selection Committee, Scalise oversaw the installation of new synthetic FieldTurf in Harvard Stadium, home of men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2015, as well as the construction of Jordan Field as a secondary home to Harvard’s lacrosse programs, among other teams. During his tenure, both the men’s and women’s lacrosse head coaching positions have been endowed. Scalise was inducted into the US Lacrosse Eastern Massachusetts Hall of Fame on July 11, 2015.