(Photo Courtesy of Salisbury Athletics)
The Salisbury Seagulls are, arguably, the greatest DIII lacrosse program in the history of the game. Since head coach Jim Berkman’s arrival ahead of the 1989 season, the Seagulls have won 12 national titles, which include one three-peat (2003-2005) and four two-peats (1994-1995, 2007-2008, 2011-2012, 2016-2017).
As the home of the greatest lacrosse program in not only their own respective division but across all divisions, the Maryland Eastern Shore has also housed one of the greatest, and possibly most underrated, college lacrosse players of all-time: Jason Coffman.
A native of Carthage, N.Y. and product of Carthage High School, where he now serves as the head boys lacrosse coach and football coach, Coffman played at Salisbury from 1993-1996 and was a vital part of the Seagulls’ ascension into the national spotlight during the early to mid-1990s. Coffman was apart of Salisbury’s first two national titles (1994,1995), which capped off back-to-back undefeated seasons.
In addition to being part of the first two national title-winning teams at Salisbury, Coffman also racked up plenty of personal hardware, as well. The attackman was a four-time first team All-American (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996) and was a two-time Player of The Year (1994, 1995).
An electric attackman who played with an inhearant nose for the net, Coffman ended his career at Salisbury as the NCAA’s all-time career points leader with 451. That record still stands to this very day and doesn’t look like it will be broke anytime soon, but who really knows as we get deeper into the shot clock era.
Additionally, Coffman sits in the top-10 in career goals (249), top-15 in career assists (202), and is in the top five in single-season points (126) in NCAA history.
Coffman’s career was truly one of the most historic, and probably one of the most underrated, in the history of the game. He truly never has received the amount of respect or recognition that he rightfully deserves, and should have his name right up there with the other greats of the game in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.