PISCATAWAY, NJ – Jim Rogalski, who served for the past three years on the men’s lacrosse staff at Drexel, has been hired as an assistant coach at Rutgers University, head coach Jim Stagnitta announced.
Rogalski will be involved with all aspects of the RU program, including scouting, game-preparation, off-season conditioning and recruiting. He replaces Brian Grady, who served as an assistant coach since Stagnitta’s hiring in October of 2001.
“I’m very pleased to replace Brian Grady with a person who has the experience and qualities Jim possesses,” said Stagnitta. “He has big shoes to fill, but Jim is a proven recruiter who has a great understanding of the overall experience for our student-athletes. I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job.”
Rogalski and Stagnitta will be reunited after working together for two years at Washington and Lee (2000-2001). Together, they experienced unprecedented success, guiding the Generals to a 20-3 overall record, No. 1 national ranking in 2001 and the NCAA Division III National Semifinals in 2000.
“I’m thrilled to be at a program with a long and storied tradition,” said Rogalski. “It will be a great opportunity to work with coach Stagnitta again as we attempt to build on the success Rutgers has enjoyed over the past two seasons.”
As the top assistant at Drexel, Rogalski helped produce three players that earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors and one that was named the CAA Rookie of the Year. In his first season, the Dragons finished 9-5 overall, the fourth-highest win total in school history. Last spring, Drexel’s season was highlighted by a 9-8 victory over 17th-ranked Delaware.
A native of Arnold, Md., Rogalski was an assistant at Goucher College in 1999 and at Western New England in 1998. He also coached for two seasons at St. Mary’s, his alma mater. Rogalski has served as an administrator and counselor at a number of camps and clinics throughout the Northeast.
Rogalski graduated from St. Mary’s College (Md.) in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He was a three-year starter and Second Team All-Capital Athletic Conference pick as a junior and a First-Team selection as a senior.