New Jersey Stage

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rutgers University Hires Brian Brecht As Men's Lacrosse Coach

(PISCATAWAY, NJ) -- Brian Brecht, who has 16 seasons of collegiate coaching experience and most recently served a highly successful seven-year tenure as head coach at Siena College, has been named by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti as head men's lacrosse coach at Rutgers University. A native of Long Island, N.Y. and a former Rutgers assistant coach, Brecht was a three-time MAAC Coach of the Year at Siena and this past season led the Saints to a conference championship, an NCAA tournament appearance and the program's first ever national ranking.

"We are thrilled to welcome Brian, his wife Gabrielle, and their daughter Paige to the Rutgers family," said Pernetti. "Brian understands the limitless potential we possess and has an unrivaled passion for Rutgers men's lacrosse. 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."

"My family and I are very thankful to Tim for providing me the opportunity to be the head men's lacrosse coach here at Rutgers," said Brecht. "I am excited to start and can't wait to meet all the players and alumni as we work together to grow a program that everyone associated with the RU community can be proud of. 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."

Brecht, who led Siena to 57 victories (57-28) over the past five seasons, becomes the 11th head coach in the history of the Rutgers men's lacrosse program. He takes on his latest challenge after leading Siena to new heights. Under his direction, the Saints earned four MAAC regular season championships and two MAAC tournament crowns, while also making the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history. He was named the MAAC Coach of the Year in 2005, 2007 and 2009, while being cited as the Siena College Coach of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Siena's 57 victories from 2007-11 included 22-straight MAAC wins and 13-consecutive home victories. The Saints' 57 wins over that span marked the sixth highest victory total in the nation, trailing only the likes of Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, Cornell and Notre Dame.

Thirty five players earned All-MAAC honors under Brecht and 41 were cited as Academic All-Conference, including a trio of Academic All-Americans. Brent Herbst, who became the first Siena and MAAC player drafted by the Major Lacrosse League, was a two-time USILA All-American. In total, Brecht developed four USILA All-Americans, three North-South All-Star selections, three MAAC Rookies of the Year, three MAAC Offensive Players of the Year and three MAAC Defensive Players of the Year at Siena.

This past season, the Saints tallied a program-record 13 wins and finished the season nationally ranked (No. 20) in both the USILA Coaches' Poll and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the first time in school history. The squad advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament, where it dropped a tightly contested match to No. 1 Syracuse.

Prior to his arrival in Loudonville, Brecht spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with five different schools. He made stops at Hartwick (1995-97), Penn (1997-99), Army (1999-00), Rutgers (2000-01) and Loyola (2001-04). While "On the Banks," Brecht worked under head coach Bill Dirrigl and served as the Scarlet Knight's interim head coach in October 2001.

A graduate of Sachem High School on Long Island, Brecht played collegiate lacrosse at Springfield (Mass.) College. He earned a bachelor of science in physical education from Springfield in 1995.

Brecht and his wife Gabrielle are the proud parents of a two-year old daughter named Paige.

BRECHT'S PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Present: Head Coach, Rutgers University (Piscataway, N.J.)
2004-11: Head Coach, Siena College (Loudonville, N.Y.)
2001-04: Assistant Coach, Loyola University (Baltimore, Md.)
2000-01: Assistant Coach, Rutgers University (Piscataway, N.J.)
1999-00: Assistant Coach, United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.)
1997-99: Assistant Coach, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.)
1995-97: Assistant Coach, Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.)
1995: Assistant Coach, Yorktown High School (Yorktown, N.Y.)