Jim Berkman
Jim Berkman
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 410.543.6389
Email: jjberkman@salisbury.edu
Year: 32nd
Previous College: St. Lawrence '82

Head Coach Jim Berkman is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA men's lacrosse history as he begins his 32nd season at the helm for 12-time national champion Salisbury University in 2019.

Berkman has compiled a 544-58 (.903) 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 the 2019 season is 553-63 (.896) as he spent one successful season at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

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

In 2019 Berkamn guided the Sea Gulls to a 22-2 overall record picking up the programs 22nd Capital Athletic Conference title as well as advancing to the National Semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrsse Tournament. The maroon and gold spent six weeks ranked as the top team in the nation nd never dropped lower than fourth all season before finishing the season at No. 3 in the country.

After a 6-3 start the 2018 season Coach Berkman rallied the Sea Gulls as the team embarked on a 14-game winning streak advancing to the programs third straight and 18th overall national championship, but unfortunately fell to Wesleyan (Conn.) University, 8-6, in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. The Sea Gulls earned the programs 21st Capital Athletic Conference Championship, defeating York College of Pennsylvania at York 11-8. During the 2018 NCAA Tournament Salisbury posted a victory over Morrisville State College in the second round, a thrilling 12-11 come from behind victory against CAC rival Christopher Newport University in the third round, followed by two straight victories over Centennial Conference opponents Dickinson College in the Quarterfinals followed by an 8-7 victory over Gettysburg College in the National Semifinal.

In 2017 Coach Berkman led the Sea Gulls to back-to-back titles for the first time since 2011-2012 with a 15-7 win over R.I.T. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. It was the 12th National Championship for Berkman and Salisbury since his arrival in 1989. Berkman also became the first ever NCAA lacrosse coach across all divisions and genders to record 500 wins with a 26-4 win over Wesley College. Then with a 17-5 win over Cabrini University in the NCAA Quarterfinals Berkman earned his 500th win at Salisbury.  

Berkman led Salisbury to its 11th NCAA national title in 2016 as the program tied its record of 23 wins in the season. The 24 game season came to an end at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia as the Gulls took down Tufts University by a 14-13 final to secure the championship victory. The 11th title gave coach Berkman the most NCAA championship victories in the history of NCAA lacrosse.

The Sea Gulls were led to their 27th-straight NCAA tournament appearance by Berkman in 2015, advancing to a quarterfinal game. The team has made it to at least the quarterfinal round in each season under Berkman. Salisbury held a 17-5 record, with an 8-0 record in the CAC, on the way to the program’s 19th conference championship.

In 2014, Berkman led the Sea Gulls to the national championship game with a 21-2 record. It was the 14th time that a Berkman-led team reached the national championship contest. The Sea Gulls captured the program's 18th Capital Athletic Conference championship with a 12-4 win over York College of Pennsylvania on May 3.

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 11 national players of the year and 49 national position players of the year. In Berkman's tenure he has coached 220 All-Americans. He coached a school-record 12 All-Americans in 2012.

The maroon and gold has been in 30 consecutive NCAA tournaments since Berkman's arrival and won national championships in 1994-95, 1999, 2003-05, 2007-08, 2011-12, and 2016, and 2017. Salisbury has made 18 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 ten times (1996, 2002-08, 2010, 2012, and 2016) 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
12/07/12  Berkman named Coach of the Year, Howdy Myers Man of the Year
08/15/12  Berkman among five in vote for 2012 Best Men's Lacrosse Coach
05/16/12  Berkman claims 400th SU victory as Bradman leads Gulls past Cavaliers to NCAA semifinal
04/04/12  Coach Berkman makes history as Sea Gulls fly past Eagles
01/03/11  Berkman named FieldTurf's 2010 Men's Lacrosse Division III Coach of the Year
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
2014     21-2     6-1     NCAA Finalists, CAC Champions
2015     17-5     8-0     NCAA Quarterfinalist, CAC Champions
2016     23-1     8-0     NCAA Champions
2017     22-1     8-0     NCAA Champions
2018     20-4     7-1     NCAA Finalists, CAC Champions
2019     22-2     5-1     NCAA Semifinalist, CAC Champions
Total:     544-58 (.904)
(31 years)

153-6 (.962)


12 NCAA Championships
31 Straight NCAA Tournaments
  22 CAC Championships


































































Last updated November 21, 2019

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