Pacific University’s women’s soccer team will be under new leadership this season after hiring former Boise State head coach Steve Lucas to fill the position. Lucas will be replacing Morgan Joseph who led the boxers to a 45-58-17 record during his six seasons with the program.
Lucas was the head coach at Boise State for 13 seasons where he led the team to the conference tournament 10 times in the Big West, Western Athletic and Mountain West Conferences. Lucas is taking over a Boxer team who finished in eighth place in the Northwest Conference last season with a record of 4-10-2. Although the Boxer’s record does not appear as impressive on paper, the team’s record does not tell the whole story. The women’s team had a number of close games not go their way last season including eight losses by only one goal, including five conference games. The Boxers hope Lucas will help them find a way to finish off some of those close games this season.
“I am very excited to be a part of this atmosphere,” Lucas said. “I took a little time off from coaching, got my bearings back and discovered that I missed it greatly.
Although the women’s team graduated eight seniors from last year’s team, they also will be returning eight players that started in at least half the games last season.
One of the returnees is Ashley Park-Hunt who was an honorable mention All-Northwest Conference selection last year as well as a second team pick in 2014.
“I have always heard great things about Pacific,” Lucas said. “I believe this is going to be a great opportunity for me.”