July 23, 2009

Mike Lucas Resigns As Men's And Women's Tennis Coach

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head men's and women's tennis coach Mike Lucas has resigned after 10 years with the program. He is stepping down to become the principal at Tantasqua Regional High School. He has served as a history teacher at Tantasqua since 1992.

"I greatly enjoyed my 10 years of coaching at Holy Cross, especially the tremendous student-athletes I had the chance to work with," said Lucas. "Holy Cross is a great institution, and our players were truly students first and athletes second. Our program always emphasized that students should reach for all the great opportunities at HC, to mature both academically and athletically, and that this would prepare them for success in life and in the real world."

Lucas, who coached the women's team for 10 seasons and the men's team for seven seasons, had a combined overall record of 140-156. The women's team went 101-76 under Lucas, while the men's team went 39-80. 

His teams have been successful academically as the Crusaders have had 107 selections to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Over the last three years the women's team has had 20 selections and the last two seasons the Crusaders led the Patriot League with the most selections, while over the last three years the men's team has had 17 members on the Academic Honor Roll and tied for the league-lead twice out of the last three years.

His women's teams have earned at least a .500 record seven times over 10 years. This past season, the Crusaders went 10-8 and Kristen Meahl earned second team All-Patriot League honors to become only the second ever Holy Cross women's tennis player to earn All-Patriot League accolades. His fourth season at the school brought a program best 18-2 record and the program's first ever New England Championship.

Lucas was a part of Holy Cross men's tennis history last season as Matt Wierzel earned second team All-Patriot League honors. He was the first ever Holy Cross men's tennis player to earn All-Patriot League accolades. Lucas' second season at the school as the men's coach brought the Crusaders their first winning season in more than 20 years with a 13-11 overall record.

Prior to coming to Holy Cross, Lucas had been the varsity boys' tennis coach at Tantasqua for 10 years. In that time he helped develop one of the top high school tennis programs in the state, capturing nine straight conference championships. Lucas has been a tennis teaching professional for over 15 years. He is also a certified member of the Professional Tennis Registry.

Lucas is a 1990 graduate of Fordham University where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner in both tennis and squash under coach Bob Hawthorn, serving as a captain his senior year. In 1993 he earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston College.