Lucy Gillett played at Hofstra and Springfield. (Photo courtesy of LIU)

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — Lucy Gillett has been promoted to head coach of the Long Island University women’s team.

Gillett, who played goalkeeper professionally with Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace in England, is a graduate of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Now, after a season as an assistant coach with the LIU women’s soccer team, she is ascending to the head role with the Sharks.

She had been interim head coach.

“I’ve been able to experience a lot playing overseas in England,” said Gillett, who played in England from 2015 through 2020. “I’ve seen a lot of coaching styles, worked with a lot of very talented people. I’m excited to put that into play here and see what my experience from my playing career can do on the sideline now.”

Gillett served as an assistant coach at St. John’s for one season before joining the Sharks for the 2021-22 academic year.

“It’s nice to be home, nice to be back,” she said. “Five years away was nice, but Long Island is home. I’m back with the family, back on Long Island, reconnecting with a lot of people that I grew up with, and calling it home again.”

Gillett played a combined four seasons at Hofstra University and Springfield College. She compiled a 21-8 record with 12 shutouts and a 0.79 goals-against average during the final two seasons at Springfield, in 2013 and 2014, while qualifying for the NCAA Tournament both seasons.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Springfield College.

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