PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Brian Brecht, most recently the head coach at Siena College, has been named by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti as head men’s lacrosse coach at Rutgers. 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 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-consecutive 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.