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Lucas Piccioli is entering his third season as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville.
In just his second season as an assistant at UofL, Piccioli helped guide the 2013 Cardinals to a 15-5 record - the most wins since 2001. The also posted a 6-1 mark in BIG EAST play and earned a share of the league's regular season title. Additionally, Louisville registered a perfect 10-0 record at Trager Stadium for the first time in program history. The Cardinals finished the season ranked No. 15 and were a mainstay in the 2013 NFHCA top 20 rankings, appearing as high as No. 14 where they spent four weeks.
In 2012, Piccioli helped guide the Cardinals to a 12-8 overall record and a semifinal appearance in the BIG EAST Championship.
"I am ecstatic to have Lucas join the Cardinal coaching staff," said Sowry upon his hiring in May, 2012. "In evaluating the program's priorities and looking for personnel to help us achieve our goals, it was important to find an individual who would be the right fit. I am thrilled we remained patient throughout the interview and hiring process and managed to find such a high quality coach whose expertise, skill set, and demeanor will complement the coaching staff and help to propel the program forward."
Piccioli made the journey to Louisville from Dublin, Ireland, where was an assistant coach for the Irish Women's National Team which reached its first Olympic Qualifier final in 2011. Additionally, he served the Irish Hockey Association Eastern Development Officer from 2007-12 and was the Chair of the Irish Hockey Association's Coaching Development Panel from 2010-12. In that position, he was responsible for regional youth development and established the Transition Year Program and the Youth Leader Program. He was the head coach of the Corinthian Hockey Club from 2010-12.
In 2010, he was a selector and specialist coach for the U-21 Men's Irish National Team. While working with the Irish men's team, he served as a head coach consultant, focusing specifically on forwards.
Prior to his time in Ireland,, Piccioli was the head coach of the Venezuelan National Men's and Women's team from 2003-06 and served as the Venezuelan Field Hockey Federation Development Program Technical Director. He was also the head coach of the U16 Venezuelan National Team.
The Caracas, Venezuela native was a member of the Venezuelan National team from 1989-2006. He competed in the World Cup Qualifier (Canada,2004) and two Indoor World Cup Qualifiers (Canada, 2005 and USA, 2002). His other international tournaments included: the 1991 Pan American Games, the Central American and Caribbean Games, the South American Games, the U21 Pan American Games and the U21 Central Caribbean Games.
Piccioli played professionally from 1996-2004. He began his professional career in Italy where he suited up for the Sicily Division A1Club Team Giardina Naxos Hockey Club in from 1996-97. He went to spend the 2003 season in South Africa with the University of Durban Varsity Team in the Premiership League Club. Piccioli also played for the Honigvogel Hockey Club in Zaragoza Spain in 2004. He completed his playing career in the Corinthian Hockey Club in Leinster, Ireland.
He is a Qualified II level coach completed the IHA Tutor's Training course in 2008 and the High Performance Coaching course in 2007 - both in Dublin, Ireland.