Dixie State University Director of Athletics Dr. Jason Boothe announced Monday the appointment of Gerry Lucey as the new head women’s soccer coach.
“We had a phenomenal pool of candidates for this opening and Gerry very quickly rose to the top of the list,” Dr. Boothe said. “His credentials speak for themselves, but beyond that, he is a tremendous individual that will bring fantastic leadership for the program in all areas we need—in the classroom, on the field and in the community. We are ecstatic to welcome Gerry to Trailblazer nation and cannot wait for him to get started.”
Lucey comes to Dixie State after a one-year stint as a volunteer assistant women’s soccer coach at NCAA Division I Hofstra University, where he helped lead the Pride to a 15-4-2 overall record, a Colonial Athletic Association tournament title and a trip to the NCAA tournament this past season.
He brings to the Trailblazer program with a combined 153-48-19 record in 10 seasons as a head coach with three NCAA Division II women’s soccer programs. His record also includes one NCAA Division II National Championship, eight NCAA Tournament appearances, three NCAA regional championships, four regular-season conference championships and five conference tournament championships.
Lucey began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, LIU Post, where he was an assistant coach for Post's men's and women's programs from 1994-99, before serving as head women’s soccer coach from 1999-2001. While at Post, he led the Pioneers to NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999 and to three-straight New York Collegiate Athletic Conference championships from 1998-2000.
Following a two-year stop as an assistant coach at the University of Tampa from 2004-06, Lucey was named head women’s soccer coach at Division II West Chester in 2006, where he guided the Golden Rams to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles and a trip to the NCAA Division II College Cup Final Four.
He then returned to Tampa as head coach prior to the 2007 season, and in that first season as head coach, he led the Spartans to the first of four Sunshine State Conference titles and an NCAA Division II national championship. In all, Tampa made six NCAA Division II tournament appearances during Lucey’s nine-year tenure (2007-15), advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2010.
In his career, Lucey has coached 10 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Americans, 51 NSCAA All-Region selections and 80 all-conference picks. His teams have finished with a top-25 NSCAA ranking nine times, including one No. 1 overall ranking.
"I would like to thank Dr. Jason Boothe, the search committee and members of the women's soccer team for making me feel so welcome and comfortable during the interview process,” Lucey said. “I was very impressed with the sense of community, the vision for the university and athletics department plus the stunning natural beauty that surrounds St. George.
“This is a very exciting time for the university moving into the [Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference] and the quality of programs we will face. I'm honored and humbled to be chosen as the next head coach for DSU and can't wait to embark on this wonderful challenge. I would like to thank [head coach] Simon Riddiough, his players and staff and Hofstra University for the fantastic opportunity they gave me in 2017.”
Lucey played for Post from 1991-93, becoming the team's all-time leading scorer, a record later broken in 2013, and still owns the school record for single-season assists with 20. He was named an NSCAA All-American in 1993 after earning All-Region nods from 1990-92. Lucey spent the 1990 season at NYIT, earning NYCAC Rookie of the Year, before transferring to Post.
Outside of collegiate play, Lucey played semi-professionally for the New York Greek American Atlas from 1992-97 and professionally for the New Jersey Imperials of the United States International Soccer League from 1995-97, earning USISL All-Star recognition in 1996. He spent 1997 with the New York/New Jersey Metrostars of the MLS before four seasons with the Long Island Rough Riders from 1998-2001, becoming an A-League All-Star in 2000.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Lucey received a bachelor's degree in business management in 1994 and a master's in international marketing in 2001, both from LIU Post.
Dixie State completed its 2017 season with an 12-6-0 overall record and finished in a tie for sixth place in the PacWest standings at 8-5-0 (24 points).
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.