Jim Berkman

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Jim Berkman
Sport(s) Lacrosse
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Salisbury University
Record 480-51 (.904)
Annual salary $110,000[1]
Biographical details
Born Watertown, New York
Playing career
1979-1982 St. Lawrence
Position(s) Midfielder
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983-1984 Salisbury (asst.)
1985 Potsdam State
1986-1988 St. Lawrence (asst.)
1989-present Salisbury
Accomplishments and honors

12 NCAA Division III National Championships (1994, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017)
19 CAC Championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)

Other Coaching Championships
ICAC Basketball Championship (1988)
CAC Women's Soccer Championship: (1994, 2000)

USILA Division III Coach of the Year (1991, 2008, 2012)
CAC Coach of the Year (1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012)
FieldTurf Tarkett Division III Coach of the Year (2006, 2007)
USILA Howdy Myers Man of the Year (2012)
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

As Lacrosse Player:
Second-Team All-American 1982

St. Lawrence University Hall of Fame

James Berkman is an American NCAA Division III head lacrosse coach. He has served as the head coach at Salisbury University since 1989, after spending one season as the head coach at SUNY Potsdam. Salisbury has won 11[2] Division III National Championships and 19 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championships during his tenure with the Sea Gulls. He has been named the Division III coach of the year four times and the CAC Coach of the Year ten times.

In 2008, Berkman surpassed Jack Emmer's former record of 326 wins to become the all-time winningest NCAA men's lacrosse coach. As of the end of the 2016 season, Berkman possesses the highest all-time winning percentage of a lacrosse coach at any level at .897 with an overall coaching record of (489-56).[3] Most recently, Berkman lead the Gulls to a 14-13 victory over Tufts University in the 2016 Division III Men's Lacrosse National Championship.

Early life[edit]

Berkman grew up in Watertown, New York. He attended nearby St. Lawrence University, where he played basketball and lacrosse as a midfielder.[4] He scored thirty goals to finish his college career as the third all-time scorer for the Saints. In basketball, he averaged 8.2 points per game and finished his career as the all-time leader in assists.[5] As a senior in 1982, he was named a second-team lacrosse All-American and played in the North-South All-Star Game.[4] That year, he was named the Most Valuable Player on both the lacrosse and basketball teams and the Outstanding Male Senior Athlete.

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching positions[edit]

He then attended graduate school for two years at Salisbury University, where he also served as an assistant lacrosse coach. In 1985, as the head coach at Potsdam State he led the lacrosse team to a school-record of nine wins. He then returned to his alma mater and, in addition to coaching lacrosse, he led the men's basketball team to the ICAC championship during the 1987-1988 season. The following year, he returned to Salisbury.[4]


Berkman took over as the Salisbury men's lacrosse head coach in 1989. Each season since, he has guided the team to the NCAA tournament, for a total of 21 consecutive appearances. He has compiled a 337-34 record. From the season they entered the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) in 1995 until the 2009 NCAA tournament quarterfinals, He led Salisbury to 105 consecutive conference wins and 15 conference championships. The Sea Gulls under Berkman have secured the Division III national championship in 1994, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008, and appeared in the final in 1991, 2000, 2006, and 2010.[4][6]

Honors and records[edit]

The St. Lawrence Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Berkman in 2001. He was awarded the 1991 Francis "Babe" Kraus Award, the 2008 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III Coach of the Year honors, and the FieldTurf Tarkett Coach of the Year honors in 2006 and 2007. He was named the CAC Coach of the Year in 1991, 1996, 2002, 2003, and each year from 2005 to 2008.[4]

During the 2008 NCAA tournament, he surpassed Army coach Jack Emmer's former record of 326 wins to become the all-time winningest NCAA lacrosse coach.[7] By the end of the 2009 season, he had expanded it to 337 wins. Under Berkman, Salisbury has also secured numerous records for winning streaks. The Sea Gulls compiled an NCAA record 105-game conference winning streak from the start of the 1995 season through the 2009 NCAA tournament. They also compiled 69-, 55-, and 47-game consecutive winning streaks, an 87-game regular season winning streak, and an 80-game home winning streak.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Berkman resides in Salisbury, Maryland with his wife, Jennifer, who is the Student Health Services director at Salisbury University.[4] Their son, Kylor, played as a midfielder on the lacrosse team coached by his father, and in 2009 became the first player to be named National Midfielder of the Year three consecutive years.[8] Their daughter planned to attend Mount Saint Mary's University in 2010 to play women's lacrosse.[4]


  1. ^ Maryland Salary Database, The Baltimore Sun, retrieved May 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "NCAA" (PDF). NCAA.com. NCAA. 2016. 
  3. ^ Coaching Records (PDF), 2010 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Records, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Jim Berkman bio, Salisbury University, retrieved May 21, 2009.
  5. ^ Athletic Hall of Fame: Jim Berkman '82, St. Lawrence University, retrieved May 22, 2009.
  6. ^ Mike Preston, Tufts tops Salisbury, 9-6, for Division III title; Sea Gulls fall behind early, can't catch up to Jumbos, The Baltimore Sun, May 30, 2010.
  7. ^ Berkman Gets Record No. 327 In Defending Champ Salisbury's Second-Round Win, National Collegiate Athletic Association, May 9, 2008.
  8. ^ Third time's the charm for Salisbury's Kylor Berkman, The Baltimore Sun, May 20, 2009.