WORCESTER, Mass. – Mike Lucas has been named the new head coach of the women's tennis program at the College of the Holy Cross, as announced by director of athletics Nathan Pine. Lucas returns to lead the women's tennis team after previously serving as head coach from 1999-2009. Over his 10 years at the helm of the Crusaders, Lucas compiled a 101-76 overall record. He also served as the head coach of the Holy Cross men's tennis program from 2003-2009.
"I am pleased to have Mike Lucas return home to Holy Cross to lead our women's tennis program," said Pine. "His motivation is fueled by the incredible student-athletes that represent Holy Cross on the courts and the passion he has for this special institution."
As head coach of the women's tennis team, Lucas led the Crusaders to a winning record seven times in his 10 years at the helm. In 2009, Kristen Meahl became the third Crusader ever to earn All-Patriot League accolades, being selected to the second team. Lucas' best season came in 2002-2003, when he piloted Holy Cross to a program-best 18-2 overall record and the school's first-ever New England Championship.
"I am very excited to return to coaching at Holy Cross," Lucas said. "I was very fortunate to have coached many great student-athletes in the past, who were terrific young people. I look forward to continuing the tennis tradition at Holy Cross by having a team that not only excels in the classroom, but is also competitive on the court as well."
Lucas is currently the principal at Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge, Mass., a position which he will continue to hold in addition to his coaching duties. Prior to his 10-year stint with Holy Cross, Lucas had been the varsity boys' tennis coach at Tantasqua for 10 seasons. In that time he helped develop one of the top high school tennis programs in the state, capturing nine straight conference championships. Lucas 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's degree in teaching from Boston College.
Former women's tennis head coach Lisa Meola will remain with the program as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014-2015 season.