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JASON MURPHY
Head Coach

Jason Murphy begins his fifth season as the UW-La Crosse head soccer coach in 2018.  The third head coach in school history, Murphy also serves as the facilities director for the intercollegiate athletics department.

He led the Eagles to the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Quarterfinals after a pair of home wins in the first and second round of the national championships at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.  UWL earned a 2-0 victory over The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) in the first round for its first NCAA Division III win in school history.  The Eagles advanced to the sectional with a 1-0 win over the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) and earned a 2-1 victory over Washington University (Mo.) in the third round of the national tournament.

UWL finished 20-2-3 overall in 2017 and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA III Championships after winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship with a 4-3 shootout victory over UW-Whitewater.

UWL earned its third regular-season conference title in school history in 2017 with a 7-0 league mark, finishing undefeated in WIAC play for the first time in school history.  Winners of a school record 12 straight games in 2017, UWL's 20 overall victories was also a single-season school record.

Along with the school records for wins (20), winning streak (12) and shutouts (14) in 2017, UWL set single-season school records for goals (65), assists (63), points (193) and shots (506).

Murphy along with assistant coaches Nicole Lukic, Joe Czerniak and Mike Jacobs, were named the 2017 WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year as well as the United Soccer Coaches North Region Staff of the Year.

UWL set a then school record for single-season wins in 2016, finishing 14-5 overall.  The Eagles finished second in the WIAC in 2016 with a 5-2 mark, advancing to the WIAC Championship game for third time in school history and first since 1999.

Murphy led UWL to its first appearance in school history in the NCAA Division III Championship in 2015 as the Eagles finished 12-7-2 overall.  UWL claimed a share of the WIAC regular season title with a 5-1-1 league record.  The conference title was the second in school history (1996).

For his efforts, Murphy was named the 2015 WIAC Coach of the Year.  The Eagles won a school record eight consecutive matches in 2015 and advanced to the WIAC Championship Semifinals.

Twenty-one All-WIAC honors have been earned in Murphy's first four seasons at UWL.  Seven players, Lily Brock, Megan Carroll, Alex Cording, Maddie Granos, Margaret Harings, Maya Schmitt and Kaitlyn Villars, were named to the 2017 team.  It marked the first time in school history UWL had seven student-athletes named to the all-conference first team.  The Eagles have had at least four players named to the All-WIAC Team in each of Murphy's first four years.

Harings was selected the 2017 WIAC Offensive Player of the Year while Schmitt was named the WIAC Defensive Player of the Year. Harings became the first player in school history to be named the league's offensive player of the year while Schmitt is the third to be selected the WIAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Harings (second team) and Carroll (third team) were named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-America Team while Harings (first team), Carroll (first team), Schmitt (first team) and Villars (second team) were voted to the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Team.

Carroll, Granos, Harings, Haley Hartkemeyer, Natalie Herzog and Hayley Stephens, were named to the 2016 All-WIAC Team.  It marked the first time in school history UWL had six student-athletes named to the all-conference first team.  Carroll, Harings and Herzog were selected to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-North Region Team for NCAA Division III with Carroll and Harings earning second team honors and Herzog third team recognition.

Kourtni Alcock was voted the 2015 WIAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year under Murphy. Alcock and Harings were both named to the 2015 NSCAA All-North Region for NCAA Division III.  Alcock was voted to the first team while Harings earned third team recognition.

Carroll was named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Second Team while being voted to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-North/Central Region First Team.  Stephens was named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-North/Central Region Second Team.

Murphy is 51-22-10 overall and 20-5-4 in the WIAC in his first four seasons at UWL.  He led the Eagles to an 5-8-5 overall and 3-2-3 WIAC record in 2014.  Kirsten Anderson, Nicole Blaser, Kelly Denk and Ashley Tracy were selected to the 2014 All-WIAC Team.  Denk was also named a co-recipient of the 2014 WIAC Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete Award.

Murphy came to UWL after serving as head women's soccer coach and director of athletics at Marian University (Wis.).  He completed his fourth season as the Sabres' head coach in 2013.  Marian (Wis.) compiled a 33-12-2 Northern Athletic Conference (NAC) record under Murphy, who was selected the league's coach of the year in 2011.   The team tied a single-season school record with 13 victories (13-7) in 2011, including 10-2 in conference play.  The Sabres advanced to the program's first conference championship game in 2011 as seven players earned All-NAC recognition.

Murphy has served on the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Committee and on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee.

He took over as Marian's (Wis.) Director of Athletics in 2011, overseeing and managing the NCAA Division III athletic department.  Murphy also served as an adjunct professor in the School of Education.  He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from UW-Stevens Point in 2004 and master's degree in exercise and sport science: sport administration from UWL in 2007.

Murphy has earned his National and Advanced National coaching licenses from the NSCAA as well as his NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeper licenses.

Prior to becoming Marian's (Wis.) head coach, Murphy served as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Chicago (Ill.) for two years and at UW-Stevens Point for two seasons.  He helped guide the University of Chicago (Ill.) to a 28-10-3 record as the Maroons qualified for the NCAA III Championships in both seasons.  Murphy helped lead UW-Stevens Point to an overall record of 31-8-5, including winning two WIAC tournament titles and making two appearances in the national championships.

Murphy resides in La Crosse with his wife, Cindy, and son, Blake.

 

NICOLE LUKIC
Assistant Coach

Nicole Lukic begins her sixth season as an assistant coach for the UW-La Crosse soccer program in 2018, working with all aspects of the Eagles' program.  She helped guide the Eagles to the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Quarterfinals.  UWL finished 20-2-3 overall in 2017 and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA III Championships after winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship with a 4-3 shootout victory over UW-Whitewater.

UWL earned its third regular-season conference title in school history in 2017 with a 7-0 league mark, finishing undefeated in WIAC play for the first time in school history.  Winners of a school record 12 straight games in 2017, UWL's 20 overall victories was also a single-season school record.

Along with the school records for wins (20), winning streak (12) and shutouts (14) in 2017, UWL set single-season school records for goals (65), assists (63), points (193) and shots (506).

Lukic, along with head coach Jason Murphy and assistant coaches Joe Czerniak and Mike Jacobs, were named the 2017 WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year as well as the United Soccer Coaches North Region Staff of the Year.

The University and Wisconsin Rush West partnered to make Lukic the first full-time assistant soccer coach at UWL.  She is the Director of Coaching for Rush Wisconsin West and manages all coaches, programing, and player development.

Lukic earned one of 30 positions, including one of 15 women, in the 2015-16 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 30 Under 30 program.  The group of coaches come from every level of the game, from youth through professional ranks.  The program is designed to give the participants exposure to the NSCAA membership, and the opportunity to take advantage of educational offerings, such as courses, the NSCAA Convention, and the Summer Symposium.

A four-year soccer varsity letter winner at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Lukic was on four Horizon League Conference championship teams (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). The Panthers also won three tournament titles (2008, 2009, 2010) and earned bids to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Tournament.

Lukic earned her bachelor's degree in communication and political science from UW-Milwaukee in 2011 and her master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio University in 2014. She is now pursuing a teaching license in special education.

Lukic has coached for multiple successful club and high school soccer programs in the state.

She currently holds an USSF National B coaching license.

 

JOE CZERNIAK
Assistant Coach

Joe Czerniak begins his fifth season as an assistant coach with the UW-La Crosse soccer program in 2018.   He helped guide the Eagles to the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Quarterfinals.  UWL finished 20-2-3 overall in 2017 and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA III Championships after winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship with a 4-3 shootout victory over UW-Whitewater.

UWL earned its third regular-season conference title in school history in 2017 with a 7-0 league mark, finishing undefeated in WIAC play for the first time in school history.  Winners of a school record 12 straight games in 2017, UWL's 20 overall victories was also a single-season school record.

Along with the school records for wins (20), winning streak (12) and shutouts (14) in 2017, UWL set single-season school records for goals (65), assists (63), points (193) and shots (506).

Czerniak, along with head coach Jason Murphy and assistant coaches Nicole Lukic and Mike Jacobs, were named the 2017 WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year as well as the United Soccer Coaches North Region Staff of the Year.

Prior to coming to UWL, Czerniak served as head boys and girls soccer coach at La Crosse (Wis.) Central High School for eight years.  He continues as the girls head coach. Czerniak has recorded over 100 wins at Central, earning a Mississippi Valley Conference title in 2008.  He has been named the MVC Coach of the Year three times (2008, 2011, 2013).

Along with coaching, Czerniak has been a social studies teacher at La Crosse Central since 2006.

Czerniak currently serves as the Girls' Classic-1 Coach for the Mississippi Valley Storm Soccer Club (U-15, U-16, U-17 teams), a position he has held since 2011.  He obtained his National "D" License from the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association in 2007.

He earned his bachelor's degree (2006) from UWL in broadfield social studies and his master's degree (2010) from the university in education and professional development.

A 2001 graduate of West Bend (Wis.) East High School, Czerniak was a member of two (1999, 2000) Wisconsin Little Ten Conference championship teams.  He served as a team captain in 2000, earning first team all-conference and honorable mention all-Southeastern Wisconsin accolades. Czerniak was named the 2001 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Player of the Year while attending University of Wisconsin-Washington County.

 

MIKE JACOBS
Assistant Coach

Mike Jacobs begins his 12th season as an assistant coach for UW-La Crosse in 2018.  He helped guide the Eagles to the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Quarterfinals.  UWL finished 20-2-3 overall in 2017 and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA III Championships after winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship with a 4-3 shootout victory over UW-Whitewater.

UWL earned its third regular-season conference title in school history in 2017 with a 7-0 league mark, finishing undefeated in WIAC play for the first time in school history.  Winners of a school record 12 straight games in 2017, UWL's 20 overall victories was also a single-season school record.

Along with the school records for wins (20), winning streak (12) and shutouts (14) in 2017, UWL set single-season school records for goals (65), assists (63), points (193) and shots (506).

Jacobs, along with head coach Jason Murphy and assistant coaches Nicole Lukic and Joe Czerniak, were named the 2017 WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year as well as the United Soccer Coaches North Region Staff of the Year.

Jacobs served as the La Crosse Aquinas High School Girls’ Soccer Coach from 2002-09. He led the Blugolds to Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Championships in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008.  Aquinas made four Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) state tournament appearances (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009) under Jacobs.  The Blugolds were state runner-up in 2005 and Jacobs was named the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2006.

He was the Aquinas Boys’ Soccer Coach from 2001-06, leading the Blugolds to a MVC title in 2004 and a WIAA Division 3 state runner-up finish in 2002.  Jacobs was an assistant men’s soccer coach at Viterbo University (Wis.) from 1996-98.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Trinity International University (Ill.) and served as captain of the 1974 NCCAA Championship team.  Jacobs earned his master’s degree from Northern Michigan University in 1978 and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Rosiland Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Dr, Wm. M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1982.  Jacobs completed his podiatric surgical residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics.

He currently serves as the section chair, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, department of Orthopaedics, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Western Clinical Campus, University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Jacobs holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma and Goalkeeping 1 certification.

 

MARSHALL NASH
Student Assistant Coach

Marshall Nash starts his first season as a student assistant coach at UW-La Crosse in 2018.  A native of De Pere, Wisconsin, Nash is a senior at UWL while majoring in sport management.

He has been named to UWL's Honor Roll from 2016-18.

Nash was a two-year soccer team captain as a junior and senior at De Pere High School, leading the team in assists both seasons.  He also played basketball.  Nash coached the MRL Club Soccer at Allouez Fc U15-U17.