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Screen Shot 2018-08-07 at 8.45.41 AMBrad Jorgensen was hired as the first head coach of the Saint Leo University Men’s Lacrosse team in January 2005. He wrapped up his 14th season in 2018 and currently stands 118-84 at Saint Leo, and a career mark of 163-134.

Jorgensen was named the 2018 Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Coach of the Year leading the Lions to a 16-3 season, 7-0 in the SSC. Saint Leo became the first team from the State of Florida, among all divisions, to appear in the NCAA National Championship final game. After three games won by a single goal, Jorgensen and the Saint Leo Lions posted a ten-game win streak on their way to being SSC Regular Season Champions and hosting the SSC Tournament. The season showcased a USILA No. 5 national ranking (April 16), 10 All-SSC honors including Jake Gilmour’s Player of the Year honor complementing Jorgensen’s Coach of the Year recognition, and a NCAA South Region No. 2 seed to host the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals.

On the field, Jorgensen saw single game records, season records and career records fall on both the offensive and defensive ends. Saint Leo finished the season with the top shot percentage in the nation at .384, led by the nation’s individual shot percentage leader in Kyle Pauwels, 0.596. Three Lions (Jake Gilmour, Jake Bye and Thomas Tatarian) were honored as USILA All-Americans. The honors continued to pile in as off the field excellence gave way to two USILA Scholar All-American honors (Jake Gilmour and Jake Bye).

Jorgensen came to SLU from Wheaton College where he was head men’s Lacrosse coach at the Division III school in Norton, Mass. since 1997.

Wheaton tied a program record for most victories (10) in a season in 2004 and hosted its first ever Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament game. Reaching the semifinals of the ECAC tournament for the second time in three years (first time was 2002), Wheaton posted a 10-5 record and was ranked nationally in multiple statistical categories.

The native of Simsbury, Conn. has had 22 players named to the Pilgrim League All-Conference teams and one to the All-New England squad. He also sent a combined 10 players to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Senior North-South All-Star and New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Senior East-West All-Star games. Jorgensen was selected head coach of the East squad in the 1999 game. He also has been a member of the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee since 2001 and served as the site representative for the Division III semifinal match in 2004.

Jorgensen is a 1995 graduate of Springfield College (Mass.) with a bachelor’s degree in movement and sports science. He was a midfielder for four years on the Division II team and was named First Team All-America in 1994 and 1995. Springfield won the NCAA Division II Championship in 1994 and was national runner-up in 1995. Springfield won the ECAC Championship in 1993.

Jorgensen is a member of the NCAA Lacrosse Rules Committee. He is also a current member of the South Region Advisory Committee for Division II Lacrosse.

Jorgensen recently completed his MBA with a concentration in Sports Business at Saint Leo in 2009. Along with his duties as head coach at Saint Leo, Jorgensen also acts as Assistant Athletic Director for Recreation. He and his wife Caroline have two sons.

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