Duke's Danowski named
Lacrosse Magazine's 2007 Person of the Year

BALTIMORE – Lacrosse magazine, a publication of US Lacrosse, announced today that John Danowski, Duke men’s lacrosse coach, is the magazine’s 2007 Person of the Year. This year marks the first time the honor has been presented.

Danowski was in the national spotlight for all of 2007, taking over the helm on July 21, 2006 after Duke’s controversial cancelled lacrosse season. He is known for being vocal and honest in a time where he could have easily said, “no comment.” Danowski led Duke to the NCAA championship game this past spring and his son, Matt, was the consensus national player of the year.

"John Danowski has been the face of lacrosse over the past year and a half," said Steve Stenersen, executive director of US Lacrosse. "He has represented the sport with dignity, intelligence and passion. He has been the consummate ambassador for our sport under the most difficult of circumstances, and he is certainly deserving of being recognized as Lacrosse magazine’s Person of the Year."

"When you win an award like this, there are so many people behind the scenes," said Danowski. "One of the things I love about Duke is the amount of support people that care about the kids – strength coach, speed coach, sports psychologist, a nutritionist, yoga instructor, academic advisor, an associate athletic director Chris Kennedy who really held the program together during the transition year. You had so many people behind the scenes, and most of all the students themselves."

LM’s Person of the Year will be an annual honor reserved for the person who has had a tremendous positive influence on the sport and transcended all levels of the game in that given year. A complete 2007 Year in Review, including the cover feature on Danowski, will run in the December issue of Lacrosse magazine.

Lacrosse magazine is a monthly publication of US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport of lacrosse. The magazine has an annual readership of 3.6 million and is distributed nationally to the membership of US Lacrosse. For more information on Lacrosse magazine visit www.laxmagazine.com.