PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 10, 2011) – Rutgers men’s lacrosse has hired Brian Jacovina, Craig McDonald and Noah Fossner as assistant coaches, first-year head coach Brian Brecht announced Wednesday. Jacovina will serve as the offensive coordinator with McDonald as the defensive coordinator, while Fossner will coach the goalies.
“I am very excited to welcome both Craig McDonald and Brian Jacovina on staff with the addition of Noah Fossner as a volunteer coach,” said Brecht. “The first priority was to get settled into Rutgers and to bring a staff that complemented me and each other. Knowing both Craig and Brian for a long time in this profession, I am very confident that they are just the human beings and young professionals to help us grow the Rutgers lacrosse program and bring back the proud tradition that all the alumni are looking for.”
Jacovina comes to New Brunswick after spending the previous four seasons at fellow-BIG EAST school St. John’s where he assisted the offensive coordinator and handled all game-day substitutions. He also worked with the goalies.
“I have known Brian for over 10 years,” said Brecht. “I recruited him when he was in high school and worked with him in the camp setting throughout his college coaching career at St. John’s. I am very excited to have him come in as the offensive coordinator and work with developing our offensive personnel here at Rutgers. The knowledge he has of the BIG EAST will certainly be very important for us as we look to improve our standing in this very competitive conference.”
Jacovina, a native of Hicksville, N.Y. and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, possess an impressive playing resume. A four-year varsity athlete, a two-year starter and senior co-captain for the Minutemen, Jacovina was selected as a 2007 preseason third team All-American by Inside Lacrosse/Face-off Yearbook, was a three-time first team All-New England honoree, a 2007 USILA Scholar All-American, a 2007 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar Athlete and a UMass Spring Scholar Athlete.
In December 2007, Jacovina was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in the first round of the Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft as the seventh pick overall. After a stint with Denver, he was then released in the summer of 2008 and picked up by the Boston Cannons where he played for the remainder of the season.
McDonald follows Brecht from Siena, where he spent one season as an assistant coach running the defense in addition to helping with recruiting and the day-to-day operations of the program. In his only season with the Saints (2011), the team won a program-record 13 games, capturing the MAAC Championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Saints finished the year ranked No. 20 nationally in both the USILA Coaches' Poll and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the first-time ever.
“Craig was instrumental with our success at Siena this past year as I am excited to have him join me here at Rutgers,” said Brecht. “He did an outstanding job on the defensive end developing game plans as well as our personnel which was a huge part of our success.”
Prior to his time at Siena, McDonald worked under legendary coach Paul Wehrum at Union College for two seasons (2009-2010), coaching one of the top defensive units in all of Division III. McDonald also played four years of lacrosse at the University of Albany, winning two America East Championships. He was a two-time All-America East Conference selection and a 2008 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention pick.
McDonald graduated from Albany with a B.S. in sociology and with an education minor in 2008.
Fossner rounds out the staff, set to serve as a volunteer coach working with the Rutgers goalkeepers in addition to helping with the day-to-day operations of the program. A 2011 graduate of the University of Delaware, Fossner had a stellar playing career for the Blue Hens, being named UD?Alumni Association Men’s Lacrosse Team MVP as a senior. A three-year starter in goal, Fossner led the Blue Hens to an 11-7 record and the team’s second-straight CAA?title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. He was a two-time All-CAA selection.
“Noah Fossner was an outstanding goalie at the college level, playing in three CAA championship games and NCAA tournaments and will be a great compliment to our staff working with our goalies,” said Brecht. “This is an area that is important for us if we want to play in big games in the month of May. I am confident that Noah is going to instantaneously help out with the group of goalies that we have to develop their skill sets to prepare them for the challenges the BIG EAST presents.”
Fossner, who served as a team captain for three years, ranked among the top goalkeepers in the CAA?this past season when he allowed just 9.54 goals per game and posted 179 saves for a .514 save percentage. A health and physical education major, he finished his career at Delaware ranked No. 2 in minutes played (3,004), No. 3 in goals against average (9.60) and No. 6 in total saves (552).