Brad Jorgensen was hired as the first head coach of the Saint Leo University Men's Lacrosse team in January 2005. He wrapped up his 12th season in 2016 and currently stands 93-76 record at Saint Leo, and a career mark of 138-126.
The 2017 season saw the Lions go 9-5, including a season-opening win over preseason No. 7 LIU Post, 14-11. Saint Leo earned a national ranking as high as No. 15 during the year. In Sunshine State Conference play, the Lions went 1-4. During the season, junior Jake Gilmour cruised to the top of the Saint Leo record board, smashing the career record for assists. The junior has 82 following his third season of action. Gilmour also broke the single-season record for points with 64 (30g/34a). As a team, the Lions finished the season with the top shot percentage in the nation at 0.378, led by the nation’s individual leader in Kyle Pauwels, 0.690. The Lions also finished in the top ten in ground balls per game (2nd, 36.36), points per game (3rd, 22.64), assists per game (3rd, 8.07), scoring offense (4th, 14.57), caused turnovers per game (5th, 10.21), clear percentage (6th, 0.894), and scoring margin (8th, 5.57). Saint Leo saw nine earn post-season recognitions, led by junior defenseman Jake Bye, who was the lone All-SSC First Team selection. Gilmour, Pauwels, Anthony Visintin, Thomas Tatarian, and Austin DiPietro were Second Team honorees, while DiPietro, Matt Shand, Ethan Ticehurst, and Devin Sparks earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
In 2016, Saint Leo returned to their winning ways under Jorgensen, finishing with a 9-5 record, and 2-3 SSC record for a third-place finish. Saint Leo also advanced to their second SSC Tournament in three years. The Lions ranked as high as No. 15 during the season and earned ranked wins over No. 11 Pfeiffer and No. 17 Lynn. Saint Leo placed seven on the All-SSC teams and broke several school records during the season. The Lions finished the year as the NCAA Statistical Champions for man-up offense efficiency with a .521 mark. They were the first SSC School to ever take that category.
In 2015, the Lions went 7-7, and 1-4 in SSC play in their second season in the conference. The team earned a win over No. 10 Mount Olive as the high point of the season. Six Lions earned All-SSC Honors, while Dylan Yonts tied the Saint Leo single-season goals record with 38.
The 2014 season featured a big change for the men’s lacrosse program, as the Lions competed for the first time in the Sunshine State Conference and reached its first ever Sunshine State Conference Tournament. The Lions finished yet another season above .500 (8-7) and also earned the program’s first shutout victory over Lynn University in an 11-0 decision. In addition, the Lions accomplished a three-game win streak during the beginning portion of the season and a home record of 5-2. The team also set several single-season marks including most shots in a season (626) and face off wins and loss percentage (.662). Jorgensen’s Lions earned the “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award and Jorgensen was named as the DI/II South Head Coach for the 73rd USILA/LaxWorld North-South Game. The Lions also posted one USILA Scholar All-America selection, nine All-SSC Selections, and four SSC Player of the Week award winners. Jorgensen’s talented squad also produced a NCAA statistical champion for face-off winning percentage in sophomore Will Cothron.
The 2013 season saw yet another year with a winning percentage above .500, as Jorgensen's squad finished with an 8-7 overall record. The Lions were able to hit their stride in the middle of the season, tearing off a seven-game win streak. Jorgensen's squad was impressive on the field, scoring a total of 160 goals and 90 assists on the season. The 2013 squad also entered the Lions’ All-Time Record books, setting the most man-up goals in a single season with 24. In total, the Lions had two All-DSC Tournament Team selections and one Academic All-District First Team selections.
Finishing with at least a .500 record for the fifth time at Saint Leo, Jorgensen’s club secured critical wins over tough competition in 2012. Upending squads like Wingate and Pfeiffer, the Lions finished the regular season winning three-of-four matches. Earning a 5-1 home record, the team went 4-4 in the conference and now has Jorgensen just one win shy of 100. His team also averaged 10.50 goals per game, including a season-best 38 from All-Deep South Conference selection Matt Obermeyer. Jorgensen’s Lions also compiled more ground balls, shots, points and goals than their opponents. In total, the Lions had three Deep South Conference Players of the Week, three All-Deep South Conference members, A CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selectee, and one All-Tournament team honoree.
In the last six years, Coach Jorgensen has amassed an impressive list of achievements. He has coached the Lions to two consecutive Deep South Conference Tournament Championships (2009, 2010), and a DSC Regular Season Championship in 2010. He has coached 27 DSC All-Conference athletes, three DSC Freshmen of the Year, and the program's first-ever All-Americans and North/South Game representative. Under his guidance, the 2009 squad finished the season ranked No. 4 in Team Offense PPG (13.2), and seventh in Team Defense PPG (7.8), and his 2010 team ended the year ranked eighth in Team Defense PPG (7.5), and ninth in Team Offense PPG (11.4).
2010 saw the Lions manage the sweep, winning the Deep South Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships after posting a 12-3 overall record, and going 4-1 in the Deep South Conference. It also marked the second consecutive year the DSC Tournament title rested in Saint Leo, Fla. Although it would end up as another year without a NCAA bid, with only four available slots, Jorgensen piloted his Lions to impressive wins over Merrimack, Mars Hill and a tournament-clinching win over Catawba. The Lions also claimed another program first when two Saint Leo starters (Kyle Marceau, Mike Del Buono) surpassed the SLU eight names on the 2010 Deep South All-Conference Team and became the first USILA All-Americans in Saint Leo history. Marceau also was the first Saint Leo representative to participate in the legendary North/South All-Star Game.
The 2009 season was a record-breaking year and one that saw the Lions go 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the Deep South Conference as well as taking home a Deep South Conference Tournament Championship after a 15-12 win over 10th-ranked Mars Hill in the championship game. Although the Lions missed out on a bid to the NCAA Tournament, Saint Leo still dominated the All-Deep South Conference Team, placing eight members on the team. This was the year that many feel Coach Jorgensen put Saint Leo and lacrosse in the state of Florida on the map.
Jorgensen led the Lions to an 8-8 record in 2008, setting a new program record for wins in a single season. Saint Leo also recorded its first-ever post-season win in 2008, as the Lions upset No. 9 ranked Wingate University 8-7 in double overtime to advance to the program's first-ever Deep South Conference Tournament Final. Saint Leo had the DSC Freshman of the Year for the second consecutive season in 2008, as Gregg Geiss earned the honor and he was joined on the DSC All-Conference Team by four teammates.
Saint Leo fielded a Division II varsity team for the 2005-06 school year after having a club program for previous past two years, becoming the first, four-year private or public institution in Florida to field a men's Lacrosse team. The Lions recorded a 3-9 record in their initial year of competition.
With a full year of recruiting, Jorgensen led the Lions to a 7-8 record in his second season as head coach, including a 2-2 record in the Deep South Conference as the Lions joined the five-team lacrosse league prior to the 2007 season. Saint Leo qualified for the Deep South Conference Tournament and boasted the conference's Freshman of the Year in goalie David Erdman. In addition, senior attackman Ryan Harris was a First Team All-Conference selection.
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.