Hofstra University associate women’s head coach Gerry Lucey has been named the sixth head coach of the Florida Southern College women’s soccer program, it was announced by director of athletics and Dean of Wellness Drew Howard.
Lucey was most recently an associate head coach at Division I Hofstra University for the last four years.
“We are thrilled to welcome Gerry Lucey as our women’s soccer coach,” Howard said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to continue to elevate our women’s soccer program. We look forward to the continued success of the team with the addition of Lucey to our staff.”
Lucey has 23 years of college coaching experience, including 12 years as a head coach. He was the associate head coach at Hofstra since 2019, after spending a year as the head coach at Dixie State University. The trip to Hofstra was his second stint with the program after spending 2017 as the assistant coach.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be the next coach of the Florida Southern women’s soccer program,” Lucey said in a statement. “I would like to take the opportunity to thank Drew Howard, Jill Stephens, and the rest of the search committee for their warmth in making me feel at home from the first moment I stepped on campus. Every person I met on campus had wonderful things to say about the college itself and the supportive community. The success of the athletic program through the years is evident and I would like to build upon an amazing season last year.”
Before his time at Hofstra, Lucey was a Hall of Fame head coach at the University of Tampa, winning the 2007 NCAA Division II national title. He holds the most wins in program history at Tampa with 114 wins. He has 15 NCAA tournament berths on his resume, 10 conference tournament titles, and nine regular season titles. The Dublin, Ireland native has eight Coaching Staff of the Year awards, including the SSC Coach of the Year and three CAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Lucey played for C.W. Post from 1991-93, becoming the team’s all-time leading scorer, a record later broken in 2013. Lucey, however, still holds the 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 had spent the 1990 season at NYIT, earning NYCAC rookie of the year, before transferring to Post.
He also played semi-professionally for the New York Greek American Atlas (1992-97) and professionally for the New Jersey Imperials of the U.S. Interregional Soccer League (1995-97), earning USISL all-star recognition in 1996. He spent 1997 with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars of the MLS before spending 1998 to 2001 with the Long Island Rough Riders, becoming an A-League all-star in 2000.
Lucey received his bachelor’s degree in business management in 1994 and a master’s in international marketing in 2001, both from Post.