HIRAM, OHIO — Hiram College announced the hiring of Brian Jenkins as the first-ever head men’s lacrosse coach. The Terrier men’s lacrosse team will begin varsity competition in the spring of 2013.
Jenkins is a 1988 graduate of SUNY-Cortland with a degree in physical education. He comes to Hiram from Shenandoah (Va.) University where is served as head lacrosse coach for 14 seasons. While at Shenandoah, Jenkins led the Hornets to their most successful season in school history in 2007 with nine overall wins and five wins in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. The seven-game improvement was also good for the biggest single-season turnaround in NCAA lacrosse history. The Hornets would also post nine victories the following year during the 2008 season.
Earlier in his career at Shenandoah, Jenkins helped lead the team to a school-tying high five victories during the 2005 season and qualified for the school’s first-ever appearance in the PAC Tournament. Following the season, he was also named the conference coach of the year.
Prior to his stay at Shenandoah, Jenkins served as an assistant coach at Division I Lehigh (Pa.) University, as a defensive coordinator for four seasons (1994-98). In 1995 and 1996, Jenkins’ defenses ranked as the top and third best defenses in the NCAA. He coached two Patriot League Defensive Players of the Year (1995 and 1997). During his final season at Lehigh, Jenkins presided over a defense that spurred the Hawks to a top 25 ranking and an upset victory over No. 7 nationally-ranked Georgetown University.
In addition, Jenkins also coached at Lafayette (Pa.) College for four seasons (1989-93) as an offensive coordinator and also coached a player who was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year during the 1991 season.
As a student-athlete at SUNY-Cortland, Jenkins played two years of lacrosse and was a member of a team that captured the 1986 and 1987 SUNYAC Championship. In his first season at Cortland, he was named secon-team All-SUNYAC as a midfielder. Jenkins began his post-secondary playing career at SUNY-Cobleskill prior to transferring to Cortland and was a honorable mention All-American in 1984 and was a two-time All-Region award winner (1984-85). He was also a member of the 1984 team that competed in the NJCAA Tournament and finished fourth overall.
In the summer of 2001, Jenkins played for Team USA at the World Championships (Master’s Division) in Perth, Australia. Team USA finished second as Jenkins had five goals, including two in the semi-finals.