Report: Siena's Brecht to Take Rutgers Job
The Home News Tribune is reporting that
Siena’s Brian Brecht will be named as the new men’s
lacrosse coach at Rutgers University today. Brecht will replace Jim
Stagnitta, who resigned on May 16, ending a 10-year run that was
highlighted by NCAA tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004.
Brecht, a one-year assistant coach at Rutgers in 2001, has done a
remarkable job in building the program at Siena since taking over
before the 2005 season.
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 ripped off five straight
double-digit wins seasons, four MAAC regular season championships
and two MAAC tournament championships. He led Siena to the NCAA
tournament in 2009 and 2011.
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 they did in 2011. Open
positions remain at Bellarmine, Marist, St. Joseph’s and