Brian Jenkins enters his eighth season as head coach of the Hiram men’s lacrosse program. Jenkins was named the first-ever head coach in 2011.
In 2019, Jenkins guided the Terriers to six victories, while seeing four single-game team records set in goals (21), shots (65), ground balls (65), and goals allowed (3) against Franciscan University. He also coached senior Justin Dionne to a record-setting year in single-season assists (26) and an All-NCAC honorable mention.
Jenkins joined Hiram from Shenandoah University in Virginia, where he 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. A seven-game improvement, it was the biggest single-season turnaround in NCAA lacrosse history. The Hornets also posted nine victories the following season.
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
Prior to his tenure at Shenandoah, Jenkins served as an assistant coach at Division I Lehigh University in Pennsylvania as a defensive coordinator for four seasons (1994-98). In 1995 and 1996, Jenkins’ defenses ranked as the top and third-best 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 elevated 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 College in Pennsylvania for four seasons (1989-93) as an offensive coordinator and 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 the teams that captured the 1986 and 1987 SUNYAC Championship. In his first season at Cortland, he was named Second-Team All-SUNYAC as a midfielder. Jenkins began his post-secondary playing career at SUNY-Cobleskill prior to transferring to Cortland and was an honorable mention All-American in 1984. He was also 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.
Jenkins is a 1988 graduate of SUNY-Cortland with a degree in physical education.