With the start of the 2019 season on the horizon, St. Joseph’s College (L.I.) has named Mark Lugris as head coach of the men’s soccer team.
Lugris is no stranger to the Patchogue-based college. In 2016 he served as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team and as an assistant with the women’s team a year later.
A 2014 inductee into the Puerto Rican Soccer Hall of Fame, he is no stranger to the Long Island soccer community. An Eastern New York State Champion with the Hicksville Americans and two-time New York City and State Champion at Holy Cross High School in Queens, Lugris earned a scholarship to Fordham University.
After four years with the Rams, he was selected 20th overall by the New York Cosmos in the 1982 NASL Draft. His professional playing career spanned 12 years with stops in Houston, Columbus, Dallas, Toronto and Spain. Lugris also played internationally, representing Puerto Rico in three World Cup qualifying cycles and four Caribbean Cups.
Lugris was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame and named a New York City Soccer Gala Honoree in 2014.
Today, he continues his soccer education by visiting top academies in Europe such as Athletic de Bilbao and FC Barcelona and bases his methodology on the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s principles.
Lugris is currently the Technical Director of Youth Development at Northport Cow Harbor United SC. His college coaching experience includes two stints as the assistant coach of Fordham University men’s soccer program.