August 20, 1958 |
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2002 NCAA National Championship
1994 Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year 1994, 1996 and 2006 WCHA Coach of the Year2014 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year
Don Lucia (born August 20, 1958) is the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hockey team. He has twice led the Golden Gophers to the NCAA National Championship title, in 2002 and 2003. Under Lucia, the Golden Gophers have won four MacNaughton Cups (awarded to the WCHA's regular season champion), the Broadmoor Trophy three times (awarded to the WCHA playoff champion), and the Big Ten regular season championship in each of that league's first two seasons. He has coached one Hobey Baker Award winner, Jordan Leopold. Lucia graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981.
Lucia has two sons who have been picked in the NHL Entry Draft. Tony Lucia (born 1987), who is currently playing in the American Hockey League with the Worcester Sharks, was selected in the 6th round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks; and Mario Lucia (born 1993), who is currently playing for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockey team in the NCAA's Hockey East, was selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild.
Head coaching record
|Alaska Nanooks (Great West Hockey Conference) (1987)|
|Alaska Nanooks (Division-I Independent) (1988–1993)|
|Colorado College Tigers (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) (1993–1999)|
|1994-1995||Colorado College||30-12-1||22-9-1||1st||NCAA Round 2|
|1995-1996||Colorado College||33-5-4||26-2-4||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|1996-1997||Colorado College||25-15-4||17-11-4||T-4th||Frozen Four|
|1997-1998||Colorado College||26-13-3||16-10-2||3rd||NCAA Round 2|
|1998–1999||Colorado College||29-12-1||20-8-0||2nd||NCAA Round 2|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) (1999–2013)|
|2000–2001||Minnesota||27-13-2||18-8-2||3rd||NCAA Round 1|
|2003–2004||Minnesota||27-14-3||15-12-1||T-4th||NCAA Round 2|
|2004–2005||Minnesota||28-15-1||17-10-1||T-3rd||NCAA Frozen Four|
|2005–2006||Minnesota||27-9-5||20-5-3||1st||NCAA Round 1|
|2006–2007||Minnesota||31-10-3||18-7-3||1st||NCAA Round 2|
|2007–2008||Minnesota||19-17-9||9-12-7||7th||NCAA Round 1|
|2011–2012||Minnesota||28-13-1||20-8-0||1st||NCAA Frozen Four|
|2012–2013||Minnesota||26-9-5||16-7-5||T-1st||NCAA Round 1|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (2013–present)|
|2014–2015||Minnesota||23–12–3||12-5-3||1st||NCAA 1st round|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Don Lucia Bio". Gopher Sports.com. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- "Isles GM Rips Lucia". College Hockey News.com. 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- "Jordan Leopold's bio". Vintage Minnesota Hockey.com. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
|Awards and achievements|
|Spencer Penrose Award
George Gwozdecky/Bob Motzko
|WCHA Coach of the Year
2005–06 (co-winner with Jamie Russell)
|Big Ten Coach of the Year
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