Willie Scroggs, a former three-time NCAA men’s lacrosse championship coach, was approved as the new secretary-rules editor for the sport by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Wednesday.
This appointment is fitting for Scroggs, who, besides being head coach at North Carolina, is also a former chair of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee and the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee.Scroggs, who won national titles with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, 1982 and 1986, will succeed Don Zimmerman, the head coach at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in the position as secretary-rules editor, which is an eight-year term.
“It is a privilege to be selected and to be able to serve the sport in this way,” said Scroggs, whose wife, Karen Shelton, has won six national championships guiding the North Carolina field hockey team. “I am truly honored and do not take this selection lightly. This is a way for me to keep my involvment for lacrosse at a great level.”
After 12 seasons, Scroggs retired from coaching in 1990 when he and his wife began a family.
“I had been a full-time coach for 21 years in high school, as a college assistant and college head coach,” said Scroggs, who played football and lacrosse during his student-athlete days at Johns Hopkins University. “There was also a chance to take more responsibility administratively at North Carolina. I felt our lacrosse program was on solid ground. It was a good time for me to devote my time to administrative duties and to be more available as a husband and be supportive to my wife.”
His most recent position at North Carolina was senior athletics director of facilities and operations.
Since Scroggs has been involved with the committee structure in the sport, he anticipates a smooth transition as secretary-rules editor.
“I have a good idea of what is involved with the job,” said Scroggs, who was 120-37 coaching the Tar Heels. “I haven’t talked with Don Zimmerman, my predecessor, but he is a close personal friend of mine. Until the position became formalized, we decided not to talk until all this was resolved. I haven’t talked with Don, but plan to do so.”