Mayshack Named New PHCC Men’s Basketball Coach, Almeida Women’s Soccer Coach

April 1, 2020

Gearing up for next season, Patrick Henry Community College Athletics welcomes two new coaches. Chris Mayshack will be the new Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Lucas Almeida will be the women’s new Head Women’s Soccer Coach.

“I am excited to be welcoming Mayshack and welcoming Almeida back to our Patriot PHamily. They are both excellent athletes, accomplished coaches, and stellar role models,” says Athletic Director Brian Henderson.

Before joining the Patriots, Mayshack was an assistant coach for Region 20 Division III program during a record-breaking year.While he was an assistant coach, his team won the Region 20 Championship and made it to the district championship. They finished the season 22-6, were ranked sixth in the nation, and finished in the top 20 in both offensive and defensive statistical categories. Mayshack also oversaw the development of three All-Maryland JUCO selections and one NJCAA All-American team member.

In 2017-18, Mayshack was an assistant at Friendship Collegiate Academy and volunteered with USA Youth Basketball Coaching Academy. In 2016-17, Mayshack served as Head Coach at North Carolina School of Science & Math in Durham, NC where his team doubled their win total from the previous year and finished second in scoring defense in their conference. In 2015, Mayshack was a perimeter coach at Saint Augustine’s University where he helped mentor one player who was named All-Conference, Defensive Player of Year and one who was named to the All-Tournament Team.

From 2005 to 2007 Mayshack played collegiately at North Carolina Central University under the tutelage of former NBA player Henry Dickerson and Marqus Johnson. During his senior season at NCCU, Mayshack averaged 11.7 points, 2.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds. When he graduated, he was held a spot among the top ten in career three-point fields goals and was third in career single-season three-point field goals.

“I am honored to join the PHamily here at PHCC,” says Mayshack. It’s our mission as a program to embody the principles and values of Patrick Henry Community College, the city of Martinsville and the surrounding areas of Southwestern Virginia, Go Patriots.”

The Patriots’ new head Women’s Soccer Coach is Brazilian-native Lucas Almeida –a life-long soccer enthusiast and experienced coach. His love of soccer kicked off when he joined his first team at age seven. By the time he was in high school, Almeida had already launched his coaching career. He continued to coach and play through college. Both as a player and a coach, he has made many appearances at national tournaments.

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. As a Graduate Assistant at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (NAIA), Almeida was OWU’s junior varsity Head Coach. He has also served as the head coach at Prince of Peace High School and assistant coach at the Quad Cities United program in Iowa and the Semi-Pro National Premier Soccer League Tulsa Athletic program in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In 2017, Almeida became the head coach of PHCC’s men’s soccer team. After a brief departure to serve as the head coach of Carlisle School’s Boys’ Soccer team, Almeida has returned to the Patriots. He is the Head Coach of PHCC’s Women’s Soccer Team.

Beyond his extensive coaching experience, some of the highlights of Almeida’s soccer career include receiving the 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 its members with tryout games against MLS, USL Pro, and NASL teams. Lastly, he played in the Semi-Professional PDL league in 2012 and 2013. In his first year with the PDL League, his team won at Forest City London in Canada.

“I’m happy to return and join our PHamily,” says Almeida.  “I believe working with Coach Murphy, Coach Henderson, and the other staff, we can help our student-athletes find success on and off the field.”