Academy Director: Chris Lacey
Chris Lacey has a passion for the development of the soccer community throughout Wisconsin. As Academy Director, Lacey is responsible for the development of the next generation of LUFC athletes. Lacey sees this as a critical age group where skill development begins to accelerate as players dedicate and invest more time into the sport. "A lot of people have misconceptions about the Academy program," explained Lacey. "They think that you have to demonstrate a certain set of skills to be in the Academy, but it's actually the opposite...You gain skills by participating in the Academy, because you get significantly more touches on the ball every week."
Lacey, born and raised in Sheboygan, wears a number of hats for LUFC and the soccer community in Wisconsin. In addition to his responsibilities as LUFC Academy Director, he also serves as the Director of Operations, Coach for the Select U15 Boys Pool, Coach of the Select U14 Girls Pool, and is President for the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association. While soccer now dominates his life, that wasn’t always the case. “I didn’t play soccer as a kid. Basketball was more my thing.” But after Lacey became a father to children that loved the sport, he decided to get involved.
Lacey got his coaching start at the Sheboygan YMCA and has never looked back. He has now been coaching for over 20 years including time spent with local recreational teams, Mequon United, North High School, and several LUFC Select teams, including the U18 Select Girls who were the 2017 Wisconsin State Cup Finalist. Lacey holds a USSF Class C coaching license.
Chris resides in Sheboygan with his dog Charlie and has 3 children: Bonnie (22), CJ (19), and Owen (14).