August 20, 1958 |
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
NCAA National Championship (2002, 2003)
1994 Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year (1994)
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 three seasons. He has coached one Hobey Baker Award winner, Jordan Leopold. He is one of 10 coaches to record more than 600 NCAA men's ice hockey wins, and one of four to win national titles in consecutive years. Lucia graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, where he played defense for the school's hockey team. He is married to his wife Joyce, with whom he shares 4 kids: Allison, Jessica, Tony, and Mario.
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.
During the 2008–2009 season, Lucia was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, but only missed four games while battling the autoimmune disease. This illness, combined with a growing number of college hockey players taking their talents to the NHL, led Lucia's Gophers to a 17–18–2 record during the 2009–2010 season. This season was Lucia's only year with a losing record with the Gophers, and his first since coaching Alaska-Fairbanks in the 1991–1992 season.
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 Second Round|
|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 Second Round|
|1998–1999||Colorado College||29–12–1||20–8–0||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) (1999–2013)|
|2000–2001||Minnesota||27–13–2||18–8–2||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2003–2004||Minnesota||27–14–3||15–12–1||T-4th||NCAA Second Round|
|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 First Round|
|2006–2007||Minnesota||31–10–3||18–7–3||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2007–2008||Minnesota||19–17–9||9–12–7||7th||NCAA First Round|
|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 First Round|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (2013–present)|
|2014–2015||Minnesota||23–12–3||12–5–3||1st||NCAA First 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.
- Borzi, Pat. "Once-Embattled Coach Has Gophers Golden Again." New York Times 8 Feb. 2013: B11(L). Academic OneFile. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.
- "SURVIVING STORMY DAYS; Don Lucia's charmed life hit a rough spell over the past couple of years, particularly when the Gophers hockey coach was hit with a rare disease that affected his even-keeled personality." Star Tribune [Minneapolis, MN] 19 Dec. 2010: 1C. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.
|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