June 16, 2011

Brecht to Rutgers Means Another Spin on the Coaching Carousel

from staff reports

Brian Brecht, who developed Siena from a perennial doormat into a top 20-caliber program, is the new head coach at Rutgers.

Brian Brecht, who led Siena to a conference championship, NCAA tournament appearance and first-ever national ranking in 2011, has been named the new head coach of the Rutgers men's lacrosse team.

A former Scarlet Knights assistant coach, Brecht surfaced as a candidate shortly after former Rutgers coach Jim Stagnitta resigned May 16. His hiring was first reported by the Home News Tribune and confirmed Thursday in an official press release from the university.

Brecht inherited one of the worst Division I programs in the country when he started at Siena. The Saints had gone 10-60 in the five years prior to his arrival. After back-to-back losing seasons to start his tenure at Siena, Brecht has led the Saints to five straight seasons with double-digit wins, four MAAC regular season championships and two MAAC tournament championships. He led Siena to the NCAA tournament in 2009 and 2011. He is a three-time MAAC Coach of the Year.

A graduate of Springfield College, Brecht was an assistant coach at Hartwick (1996-97), Penn (1998-99), Army (2000), Rutgers (2001) and Loyola (2002-04) before taking the Siena job.

Siena will become the 11th Division I school that will open the 2012 season with a different head coach than it did in 2011. Open positions remain at Bellarmine, Marist, St. Joseph’s and Stony Brook. (See below.)

"Brian understands the limitless potential we possess and has an unrivaled passion for Rutgers men's lacrosse," Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said in the release. "We are convinced that his deep relationships and tireless recruiting efforts to find good people will create a positive environment of excellence on and off the lacrosse field."

Said Brecht: "Tim's vision for the lacrosse program, along with over 100 years of tradition, the foundation that Tom Hayes built, and the hard work of Jim Stagnitta, bodes for a strong future. I'm extremely honored and excited to rejoin the Rutgers lacrosse family."

Take Another Spin

Eleven NCAA Division I men's lacrosse programs have experienced change at the helm in the last three months.

2011 Coach 2012 Coach
Bellarmine Bart Sullivan TBA
Binghamton Ed Stephenson Scott Nelson
Holy Cross Adam Pascal Jim Morrissey
Marist Scott Nelson TBA
Navy Richie Meade Rick Sowell
Rutgers Jim Stagnitta Brian Brecht
Siena Brian Brecht TBA
St. Joseph’s Pat Cullinan TBA
Towson Tony Seaman Shawn Nadelen
Stony Brook Rick Sowell TBA
Wagner Jason Rife Matt Poskay

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