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Almeida Named New Men’s Soccer Coach

May 3, 2017

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) Athletic Director Brian Henderson is pleased to announce the hiring of Lucas Almeida as PHCC’s new Men’s Soccer Coach and International Liaison.

Born in Brazil, Almeida comes to Martinsville from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma where he served as the Assistant Coach of the Varsity Men’s Soccer team and the Head Coach of the Junior Varsity program. As an assistant coach with the OKWU Eagles, he was involved with the evaluation and recruitment of student-athletes, while also playing a role in helping them gain national tournament appearances in the past two seasons. Before OKWU, Almeida was the Head Boy’s Coach at Prince of Peace High School along with other assistant coaching roles with the Quad Cities United program in Iowa and the National Premier Soccer League Tulsa Athletics program in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“We are extremely pleased to add Lucas to our athletic department staff,” said Henderson.  “When he came and visited, we saw a coach that was eager to help student-athletes grow and gain more opportunities in both athletics and academics. As he worked out with some of PHCC’s student-athletes, it was obvious that he would be the right fit to continue to build on the success that the men’s soccer program has had.”

Almeida’s first impression of PHCC’s men’s soccer team was positive as well. He says “PHCC has quality student-athletes. I am really excited to work with these guys, and am looking forward to getting our season started.”

The team’s first game, which is scheduled for the end of August, seems like a long way off now, but Coach Almeida is already planning his strategy. He says it all starts with building an “environment that will help my players develop and achieve. I want to see them reach their full potential.”

For Almeida, a strong play strategy starts with a strong coaching strategy. “I will be giving my best daily. I want to make sure my players understand they can count on me for anything. We are in this together.”

Soccer has been part of Almeida’s life since he was seven years old. He has held a variety of coaching positions from high school to university teams. He is no stranger to national tournaments both as a coach and player. When he played for Ashford University, he was named to First Team All-Conference for four consecutive years and player of the year in 2013. He scored 47 goals and had 27 assists in his four years in college. Other awards and recognition include Honorable Mention NAIA All-America in 2012 and 2nd Team All-America in 2013. Almeida was also part of the Troubeau All-America Team in 2014 which provided their members with tryout games against MLS, USL Pro, and NASL teams. Lastly, he played in the PDL league (Semi-Professional) in 2012 and 2013, winning in 2012 for Forest City London, located in Canada.

“Soccer is much more than just a sport to me. I live soccer daily, and it has provided me with great opportunities both professionally and personally. I want to ensure that my players can take advantage of all the opportunities soccer can afford them as well,” says Almeida.

Almeida is hoping to move to the area around the first of June and start practices with the team at the beginning of the school year. To stay informed of PHCC Athletics’ games, scores, and happenings, go to PHCCSports.com or follow Patrick Henry C.C. Athletics on Facebook.

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