July 19, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Brian Brecht, assistant lacrosse coach at Loyola College for the past three seasons, has been named head men's lacrosse coach at Siena College. Brecht, the Greyhounds' offensive coordinator last season, gets his first shot as head coach after spending eight years as an assistant.
"We're very happy for Brian," says Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "I know he will do a tremendous job with that program."
Coach Brecht takes over a program that has won a total of six games over the past two years. As a top-notch recruiter at Loyola, he helped bring in some of the nation's top classes, including Inside Lacrosse Magazine's No. 1 midfield class in 2004.
Before Loyola, Brecht worked alongside Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl at Rutgers in 2001. There, he was instrumental in powering the Scarlet Knights to a No. 18 national ranking, the squad's first Top-20 ranking in six years.
Brecht also served as defensive and recruiting coordinator at Army during the 2000 season and was an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1997-99.
"Nobody works harder than Brian," says Boylan. "He deserves a great deal of credit for Loyola's recruiting success over the past few years."
Brecht played collegiate lacrosse at Springfield (Mass.) College, where he graduated from in 1995. He immediately jumped into the coaching profession, serving as an assistant at powerful Yorktown (N.Y.) High School. In his brief stint at Yorktown, he helped take the team to the New York State semifinals.
Soon thereafter, Brecht was hired as defensive coordinator at Division III Hartwick College, where he worked the 1996 and 1997 seasons. During his tenure at Hartwick, Brecht saw the Hawks reach a No. 14 national ranking in 1996 and then a No. 8 national ranking in 1997, which included the Super Six Conference title.