Jim Berkman
Jim Berkman
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 410.543.6389
Email: jjberkman@salisbury.edu
Year: 26th
College: St. Lawrence '82

Head Coach Jim Berkman is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA men's lacrosse history as he begins his 26th season at the helm for 10-time national champion Salisbury University in 2014. Berkman has compiled a 419-43 (.907) record at SU. He broke the NCAA mark for all-time coaching victories in the 2008 NCAA tournament with a win against Ohio Wesleyan University to surpass the former mark of 326 wins held by U.S. Military Academy coach Jack Emmer. Berkman's career record entering 2014 season is 428-48 (.899) as he spent one successful season at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Berkman will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Oct. 26, 2013, in a ceremony at the Grand Lodge Hunt Valley, Md.

Berkman led Salisbury to the NCAA semifinals in 2013 with a 17-6 record. The Sea Gulls reached the semifinals for the 22nd time in program history and 18th in Berkman's watch.

Salisbury claimed its 10th national championship in 2012 with a 14-10 victory over the State University of New York at Cortland at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Sea Gulls finished their season at 23-0 overall and 8-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference to earn a 17th conference title. With the team's win over Cabrini College during the season, Berkman became the first NCAA men's lacrosse coach across all divisions to win 400 games.

Salisbury brought home its ninth national championship in 2011 by defeating Tufts University, 19-7, in front of a crowd of 18,086 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The team finished the year with a record of 21-1. The Gulls returned to the top of the Capital Athletic Conference, as well, winning the program's 16th CAC championship. 

In 2010, Salisbury advanced to the national championship game for the 12th time in program history. The Sea Gulls had eight players garner All-American honors and sophomore midfielder Sam Bradman was named USILA Division III National Midfielder of the Year.

The Sea Gulls had another successful season in 2009 as they captured the program's 15th consecutive Capital Athletic Conference championship and advanced to their 21st consecutive NCAA tournament. The Sea Gulls entered the season with a 45-game win streak and captured 10 straight victories to open the season to increase the win streak to 55 games, the second longest in NCAA lacrosse history.

Coach Berkman and son Kylor hold the national championship trophy In 2008, the Sea Gulls successfully defended their national championship when they defeated SUNY Cortland 19-13 at Gillette Stadium before a crowd of 24,317. Salisbury went a perfect 22-0 in 2008, the sixth time in program history the team went undefeated.

Recognized and respected throughout the lacrosse community as one of the top coaches in the nation, Berkman guided the Sea Gulls to the most successful men's lacrosse season in NCAA history in 2007. Salisbury went undefeated for the fifth time in Berkman's career en route to the program's seventh national championship. The Sea Gulls set an NCAA record with 23 wins and broke the national marks for goals (417), assists (271) and points (688). The old goals, assists and points records were held by the 1995 Salisbury team that played six less games.

In Berkman's reign he has coached nine national players of the year and 45 national position players of the year. In Berkman's tenure he has coached 178 All-Americans. He coached a school-record 12 All-Americans in 2012.

The maroon and gold has been in 25 consecutive NCAA tournaments since Berkman's arrival and won national championships in 1994-95, 1999, 2003-05, 2007-08 and 2011-12. Salisbury has made 14 national championship game appearances under Berkman.

Coach Berkman coaches his team in a huddle Berkman won his first national championship in 1994 with a win over Hobart College in College Park, Md. Salisbury went 16-0 that season as the Sea Gulls became the first undefeated national champion in the history of the NCAA Division III championships. The following year, Berkman and the Gulls repeated as national champions as they finished 1995 17-0.

In recognition of his outstanding resume, Berkman has been recognized as the CAC Coach of the Year nine times (1996, 2002-08, 2010, 2012) and was the recipient of the Francis "Babe" Kraus award in 1991, 2008 and 2012 as the Division III National Coach of the Year.

An All-American midfielder at St. Lawrence University in 1982, Berkman came to Salisbury after serving as the assistant lacrosse coach and head basketball and junior varsity soccer coach for three seasons at his alma mater. The Watertown, N.Y., native starred on the basketball team as well as the lacrosse squad at St. Lawrence, earning MVP honors in basketball as both a junior and senior. He also was selected to play in the prestigious North-South All-Star lacrosse game in 1982. Berkman was inducted into the St. Lawrence Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

After graduating from St. Lawrence in 1982, Berkman spent two years at SU while he earned his master's degree. He served as the Gulls' assistant lacrosse coach during that time as SU compiled a 23-7 record. Following one season at SUNY Potsdam (1985), where Berkman coached the team to a school-record nine wins, he returned to St. Lawrence from 1985-88. As head basketball coach, Berkman directed his 1987-88 Saints to the ICAC league championship. Berkman also guided the SU women's soccer program for seven seasons (1994-2000) and posted an overall 102-28-5 (.774) record and two CAC championships.

Berkman currently resides in Salisbury, Md., with his wife Jennifer. Their son Kylor was a four-year member men's lacrosse team and daughter Keli won a national championship with the Salisbury women's lacrosse team in 2010.

Coach Berkman News
05/22/13  Berkman to be inducted into National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
07/01/08  Coach Berkman named USILA Division III Coach of the Year
05/10/08  327! Coach Berkman takes his place in history
04/25/08  Berkmans become first father-son combo to be named CAC Coach and Player of the Year, 7 Gulls honored
02/16/08  Coach Berkman gets his 300th career win at SU in season opener
12/15/07  Berkman repeats as FieldTurf Tarkett Coach of the Year
07/26/07  Coach Berkman featured in SI's Faces in the Crowd
05/04/07  A record nine Sea Gulls named All-CAC first team, Caruso and Berkman honored again
03/07/07  Berkman named FieldTurf Tarkett Coach of the Year

 

Coach Berkman's Record at SU

Year     Record     CAC     Highlight
1989     9-5           NCAA Quarterfinalits
1990     11-4           NCAA Semifinalists
1991     15-1           NCAA Finalists
1992     12-2           NCAA Quarterfinalists
1993     13-1           NCAA Quarterfinalists
1994     16-0           NCAA Champions
1995     17-0     4-0     

NCAA Champions, CAC Champions

1996     14-1     4-0    

NCAA Semifinalists, CAC Champions

1997     12-2     4-0     

NCAA Quarterfinalists, CAC Champions

1998     14-2     4-0     

NCAA Semifinalists, CAC Champions

1999     18-1     5-0    

NCAA Champions, CAC Champions

2000     17-2     6-0    

NCAA Finalists, CAC Champions

2001     16-2     6-0    

NCAA Quarterfinalists, CAC Champions

2002     13-5     6-0    

NCAA Quarterfinalists, CAC Champions

2003     19-1     6-0    

NCAA Champions, CAC Champions

2004     20-0     6-0    

NCAA Champions, CAC Champions

2005     20-0     6-0    

NCAA Champions, CAC Champions

2006     20-1     6-0    

NCAA Finalists, CAC Champions

2007     23-0     8-0     NCAA Champions, CAC Champions
2008     22-0     7-0    

NCAA Champions, CAC Champions

2009     16-4     5-2    

NCAA Quarterfinalists, CAC Champions

2010     21-2     7-0    

NCAA Finalists

2011     21-1     7-1     NCAA Champions, CAC Champions
2012
     23-0      8-0     NCAA Champions, CAC Champions
2013     17-6     6-0     NCAA Semifinalists
Total:     419-43 
(25 years)
   

111-3

   

10 Championships
25 Straight NCAA Tournaments
17 CAC Championships

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