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