Lacrosse coach Bob Scott seen here in 1999. (Karl Merton Ferron, )
The Tewaaraton Foundation has named former Johns Hopkins lacrosse player, coach and athletic director Bob Scott as the recipient of the 2013 Spirit of Tewaaraton Award. Scott will be honored May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington.
The Spirit of Tewaaraton is presented to an individual who has contributed to the sport of lacrosse in a way that reflects the values and mission of the Tewaaraton Award. Past recipients include former Maryland men's coach Dick Edell, former Loyola College women's coach Diane Geppi-Aikens, Baltimore native A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard and former Maryland player and longtime Cornell coach Richie Moran.
"Bob is truly one of the greatest, and most highly respected, coaches of all time. His impact on Johns Hopkins and the whole game of lacrosse is immeasurable," said Jeffrey Harvey, chairman of the Tewaaraton Foundation. "He is among the elite who helped build the game of today."
Scott's coaching career began in 1955 after serving his country in the Army upon graduating from Hopkins in 1952. During the span of two decades, Scott captured national titles in 1957, 1959, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1974. He won the F. Morris Touchstone Award as USILA Coach of the Year in 1965, 1968 and 1972.
In 1974, he retired as coach of the lacrosse team to become the AD at Johns Hopkins, a position he held until 1995.
As a player, Scott was an All-American midfielder on the 1952 Hopkins team and also played on the 1950 national champion team. As a coach, Scott helped mold the future of Hopkins lacrosse by coaching his successor, Henry Ciccarone, and Hopkins assistant coach Willie Scroggs. In 1976, Scott wrote "Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition," which is still considered the ultimate guide to lacrosse.
Scott has been honored with induction into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1976 as coach and the Johns Hopkins University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 as coach and administrator.
"Bob Scott is a name that is synonymous with lacrosse. He is representative of all that is good about our game," said Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala. "Coach Scott has been a dedicated teacher of the game, ambassador for the sport and mentor to so many. We applaud the Tewaaraton Foundation's decision to honor Bob Scott. This is a truly spectacular man that has had an impact on our sport that will still be felt in the years to come. Johns Hopkins is proud and has been blessed to be so closely associated with one of the truly great ones."