Staff
Head Lacrosse Coach
Curtis Jaques

Curtis Jaques
Head Coach

Phone: 570-550-3598
Email: curtis.jaques@wilkes.edu

Curtis Jaques begins his fourth season as the head coach of the Wilkes University men's lacrosse team.

Over the first three seasons of the program rebirth (2016-18), Jaques has led the men's lacrosse program to statistical growth across the board. The team has seen increases in a wide variety of categories, but most noticeable are the jumps in groundballs-per-game (81% increase), assists-per-game (76% increase), points-per-game (70% increase), shot percentage (67% increase), and scoring offense (63% increase).

In 2018, Jaques led Wilkes to 8 wins, a new high, and three wins in conference play as the team finished in the a four-way tie for the final MAC Freedom tournament spot. Jaques also coached four all-conference performers, placing two on the second team (JT Weitzel, John Wink) and two on the first team (Nicholas Ruggiero, Garrett Armstrong). Ruggiero and Armstrong additionally earned All-ECAC honors for their performances on the first and honorable mention recognition, respectively.

In 2017, Jaques reached several milestones for the program, including the first victory (2/25 vs Keystone) and first MAC Freedom victory (4/19 at DeSales). The Colonels won four games during the regular season, and placed two players on the all-conference teams (Evan Stolicker, first team; Weitzel, second team).

Jaques took hold of a rebirth of a program in 2016 that competed at the varsity level throughout the 1970's, capturing a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship in 1975. The 1975 squad was also inducted into the Wilkes Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007-2008.

Jaques comes to Wilkes after five seasons on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the VMI men’s lacrosse team, a program near and dear to the 2007 alumnus. While at VMI, he worked primarily with the team’s offense as well as serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

Jaques returned to VMI after a two-year stint at SUNY Geneseo, where he worked with the defense and served as top assistant to head coach Jim Lyons. At Geneseo, Jaques helped guide the squad to a No. 13 ranking in the final 2009 USILA Division III poll. The team also went undefeated in regular season conference (SUNYAC) play, before falling to No. 7 Cortland in the title game, 14-13.

Jaques graduated from the Institute in 2007 with a double major in International Studies and Modern Languages and Culture (German). He was a team captain in 2007, and was the Keydets’ No. 1 defenseman during then-coach Jeff Shirk’s first campaign in Lexington, when Jaques was named preseason All-MAAC selection as well.

A native of Rosemont, N.J., Jaques is married to his wife, Alecia. The couple has two children, Ava (4) and Leona Claire (2).

Head Women's Lacrosse Coach
Sarah Burkarth

Sarah Burkarth enters her second season as head coach of the Wilkes women's lacrosse team in 2020. Burkarth was named the head coach in January 2019 after spending one season as a Graduate Assistant.

In her first season, Burkarth led the Colonels to six wins, a three-win advancement over the previous season and the most since 2016. During the season, Burkarth coached one regional Player of the Month (Kyra Boccio), in addition to four MAC Freedom Players of the Week. She also helped mentor goalkeeper Sarah Carlini, who broke the single-season save percentage record at 49.9 percent.

Burkarth came to Wilkes following a standout career at Division II Shippensburg University, where she was a three-year starter on the Raiders defense, as well as serving as a team captain her senior year.

Prior to her collegiate career, Burkarth played lacrosse, field hockey and swam for Cumberland Valley High School, located in Mechanicsburg, Pa. She was named captain during her junior and senior years, and also was honored as a conference All-Star. Burkarth also played lacrosse at the club level for Lancaster Area X-treme.

Burkarth graduated from Shippensburg in 2014 with a degree in Communication/Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations, and earned her Master's from Wilkes in 2019.

Assistant Lacrosse Coach
Michael DeBlasio

Mike DeBlasio begins his third season on the Wilkes staff as the offensive coordinator for the Colonels.

Named captain in both his junior and senior seasons, DeBlasio started all four years as a cadet VMI being named the Worrell Fallon Most Valuable Player twice over his career. He was also named a National Division I Freshman of the Week in March of 2012 and National Division I Player of the week in April of 2015.

DeBlasio finished his career ranked seventh all-time in points and sixth all-time in goals at VMI. He also served as vice president of the Cadet Student Athlete Scholar Society where he was named a member twice during his time at the Institute.

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