Rogalski Tabbed as New Scranton Skipper
from press release
SCRANTON, Pa. - Toby Lovecchio, director of athletics at The University of Scranton, has announced the appointment of James A. Rogalski as head men's lacrosse coach. Rogalski becomes the sixth head coach in the program's 24-year history. He replaces Tim Marshall, who served on an interim basis this past season after taking over for Kevin Dugan, who resigned in January to accept the position of director of men's lacrosse operations at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.
A native of Arnold, Maryland, Rogalski has coached extensively on the NCAA Division I and III level since his graduation from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1997. For the past six seasons, he has been on the coaching staff at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, beginning his career there as head assistant lacrosse coach in 2004 before being promoted to associate head coach in 2007. He has also served as an assistant coach at Drexel University, Washington & Lee University, Goucher College, Western New England College, and St. Mary's.
"I am grateful to the search committee for bringing an outstanding group of candidates to our campus," says Lovecchio. "Our search process was very thorough and I am extremely pleased that Coach Rogalski accepted our offer to lead our men's lacrosse program. He brings a tremendous amount of coaching and recruiting experience to our program. Jim has developed strong relationships on all levels of lacrosse throughout this country. He has a clear understanding of our Catholic and Jesuit mission, is very excited to return to Division III lacrosse and is committed to building a nationally-competitive program. He has an outstanding work ethic, and it is without question that he is an excellent mentor and role model for our students. I look forward to a very exciting future with Coach Rogalski on our campus."
"I would like to thank The University of Scranton for allowing me the opportunity to be the head men's lacrosse coach," says Rogalski. "My family and I are honored to be a part of The University of Scranton community. I look forward to the challenge of building on the rich tradition of the men's lacrosse program. We will work to create an environment of success and excellence both on and off the field, one that the players, families, alumni, and members of The University of Scranton community will be proud of. I am excited about the future prospects for The University of Scranton men's lacrosse program."
At Rutgers, Rogalski reunited with head coach Jim Stagnitta, whom he first coached with at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, from September 1999 through August 2001. During this span, the Generals posted a two-year record of 30-3, including a semifinal appearance in the 2000 NCAA Division III championships and a third-place national ranking in 2001.
Rogalski then began a three-year tenure at Drexel, where he served as defensive and recruiting coordinator and whose first season was highlighted by nine wins, the fourth-most in the program's history at the time. He also coached three players who earned all-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors and another who was named the conference's rookie of the year in 2002.
In his first three seasons under Stagnitta's guidance at Rutgers, Rogalski handled a number of coaching and administrative duties, including game and practice planning, recruiting, monitoring NCAA compliance, and organizing clinics for local youth players and youth coaches. In his role as associate head coach over the past three years, he oversaw the Scarlet Knights's recruiting efforts, which resulted in nationally-ranked recruiting classes in 2007 and 2008 by Inside Lacrosse magazine and commitments from five high school all-Americans for this season and next year's freshman class.
On the field, Rutgers also pulled off a major upset in the inaugural season of the Big East Conference this year, defeating NCAA runner-up Notre Dame, 10-8, on March 27 in South Bend, Indiana.
During his undergraduate days at St. Mary's, he was a four-year letterman on the men's lacrosse team. A three-year starter, Rogalski earned all-Capital Athletic Conference honors twice (1st team, 1996; 2nd team, 1995). He also coached there for two seasons as an assistant upon graduation before moving on to Western New England College and Goucher College in 1998 and 1999, respectively.
Rogalski is the owner of Ski Lax, Inc., and co-owner of Coast to Coast Lacrosse Camp, Inc.
Jim and his wife, Susan, and daughter, Ella, currently reside in Milltown, New Jersey.