Alma Mater: C.W. Post, 1994
Office Phone: 813-257-3188
Gerry Lucey is in his eighth season as the head women's soccer coach at Tampa. He was previously the head coach at West Chester for one season and also coached at his alma mater, C.W. Post. In nine seasons as a head coach, his overall career record is 140-45-17.
At Tampa, Lucey is the program's all-time winningest coach and now owns an all-time record of 101-39-16 at UT. At the helm of the Spartans, Lucey has led his teams to one SSC regular season championship, four SSC tournament championships, two NCAA South Regional titles and the 2007 NCAA national championship. He registered his 100th UT win on October 23, 2013 in a 5-2 victory of Sunshine State Conference foe Saint Leo University.
In 2013, Lucey's team was nationally-ranked the entire season, as it rose to as high as No. 4 in the nation in consecutive weeks. After winning 10 straight matches to open the season, Lucey led his team to five SSC victories as it advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA South Regional. His squad played without its starting goalkeeper, who was injured in the fifth match of the year.
Under Lucey's tutelage, the Spartans enjoyed a 2012 season where they won their third straight Sunshine State Conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA South Regional title game for the third year in a row. A pair of his student-athletes earned major awards as Lauren Moore was honored as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year while Cici Gonzalez was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year. Moore was also a first-team All-American as Courtney Peffley earned third-team honors while Gonzalez was honorable mention.
The SSC title was the fourth for Lucey, and seventh in the program's existance. Under Lucey, UT has adcanced to the NCAA tournament in five of his six seasons and won at least one game in all five appearances.
Lucey guided his team to the 2008 NCAA South Regional in his second year at the helm after leading the program to its first NCAA II national championship with an overtime victory over Franklin-Pierce in 2007, which was his first season.
The title came in the program’s 10th year of existence as he led the team to a school record 20-2-3 year. It also marked the first time in program history that it achieved an NSCAA national number-one ranking.
In 2007, he coached a record five All-Americans and seven All-South Region selections. Shannon Aitken was also named the National Player of the Year and a finalist for the Honda Female Athlete of the Year, both of which were firsts for the program.
In 2006, Lucey led the Golden Rams to the program’s best season ever while capturing the first women’s soccer Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) crown. His 23-1 season helped him earn PSAC Coach of the Year honors. He also guided his squad to an NCAA II Final Four appearance, where they were defeated by eventual national champion Metro State in double overtime.
While an assistant at Tampa, his team reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Division II Championships in 2004 and 2005; captured the Sunshine State Conference regular-season crown in 2005; and won the league’s tournament title in 2004.
Before heading to Tampa, Lucey served as the head coach of the C.W. Post women’s program (1999-2000) and was the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs from 1994-99. He was named the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Coach of the Year in 2000 after taking over the program’s reins for the final few games of 1999. In his four year spell with the women’s program at CW Post, the team reached the NCAA tournament twice and set records in virtually every department.
Lucey played professionally from 1994-2000 with the NY/NJ Metrostars (MLS), Long Island Roughriders (USL A League), New Jersey Imperials (USL Division I) and New York Fever (USL Division 1). In 2000 as a member of the Long Island RoughRiders, Lucey was named to the A-League all star team with his team leading nine goals and nine assists from his defensive midfield spot. Lucey also received this accolade while playing for the N.J. Imperials in 1996. In his brief time at the NY/NJ Metrostars, Lucey had the privilege of playing for Carlos Alberto Pareira, the legendary Brazilian who had won the World Cup as a coach three years earlier. Prior to his arrival in the United States, Lucey played in the Danish 2nd division for Albertslund IF and Kobenhavns Boldklub. As a player in his native Ireland, he played with the top youth organization Home Farm, helping them to the U18 National Youth Final in 1983.
As an undergraduate, Lucey competed for C.W. Post from 1991-93, earning NYCAC Player of the Year honors and NSCAA All-American accolades in 1993. He was the NYCAC Rookie of the year in 1990 while playing for NYIT, and he earned All-NYCAC and All-Region honors during each of his four years in the conference. Lucey finished his collegiate career in 1993 as the all-time career points (111) leader at C.W. Post despite only playing three seasons. In his senior year, the midfielder amassed 18 goals and 20 assists to finish among the top-10 scorers in the nation. Lucey is also a member of the 40/40 club with 41 goals and 48 assists over his four years. In 1992, Lucey received the Irish Echo National Player of the Year award in the United States.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Lucey is a 1994 graduate of C.W. Post with a degree in business. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration from C.W. Post in 2000. Lucey also holds the USSF National “A” license and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Gerry Lucey's Collegiate Coaching Career
|1999||CW Post||1-0-1||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2000||CW Post||15-5||ECAC Finalist|
|2006||West Chester||23-1||NCAA Semifinalist|
|2007||Tampa||20-2-3||NCAA National Champions|
|2008||Tampa||13-7-2||NCAA South Regional|
|2010||Tampa||16-5-2||NCAA South Regional|
|2012||Tampa||15-4-4||NCAA South Regional|
|2013||Tampa||15-4-2||NCAA South Regional|
|Totals||10 seasons||140-45-17 (.735)|
Seven NCAA appearances