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posted 06.16.11 at 10.05.a.m. by Brian Logue

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 Stony Brook.