|Title:||Head Coach, Men's Soccer|
|Career Record:||73-55-8, (32-11-1 NECC)|
|Awards:||2009, 2010, 2012 NECC Coach of the Year|
Head coach Paul Vasconcelos joined the Lesley community as its first ever men's soccer coach in the fall of 2006, building a program from its inaugural season and quickly turning it into a regional power culminating in a 2011 NCAA Tournament appearance.
In just the program's third year, 2008, the Lynx qualified for the North Atlantic Conference Tournament. In 2009 Vasconcelos brought his men's soccer team to the New England Collegiate Conference Championship. His 2009 team won a program-best 15 matches and earned a first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference bid, feats the Lynx would repeat a season later when Vasconcelos won his second straight NECC Coach of the Year honor.
In 2011 the Lynx won the program's first NECC Championship and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the third straight season in which the team won 15 contests. He has coached 19 all-conference players along with three All-New England selections and two Conference Players of the Year.
Vasconcelos has been playing and coaching soccer for over 20
years. As a player Vasconcelos was invited to train and play
in Portuguese 3rd Division tournaments in Azores, Portugal. He has
also toured with several teams in select tournaments in Spain and
In 2002 he was appointed the assistant coach at Milton Academy where he stayed on for one season before leaving to become the assistant soccer coach at Emerson College. At Emerson he helped lead the Lions to their best record in program history in just his first year. He stayed at Emerson for three seasons leading the Lions to two straight GNAC Conference semifinals.
A member of the US Soccer Organization and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Vasconcelos holds the USSF National C License, KNVB Dutch Advanced Diploma, English FA Youth Badge, USSF National Youth license and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma. He has been on the Massachusetts Olympic Developmental Program Staff for the past 8 years and is the Technical Director at Galway Rovers FC, a premier youth club based out of Cohasset, MA.
"I am excited about the soccer program here at Lesley University," Vasconcelos said. "My staff and I are dedicated to bringing top quality student-athletes to our program. We believe Lesley is an ideal place for quality student-athletes looking to play and compete at a high NCAA level.”
Jim Costa is entering his seventh season with the Lynx where he has helped lead the program to four conference finals, three ECAC Tournaments and an NCAA Tournament Automatic Bid. He has more than 20 years of coaching experience at the club, ODP, PDL and college levels to go along with his collegiate and semi-professional playing experience. He is a former Massachusetts Olympic Development coach and is currently the Head Coach of the Real Boston Rams of the USL Premier Development League as well as the Technical Director of Real Boston Soccer Academy.
After completing his high school career where he was selected as a three time league all-star and MVP his senior season, Costa went on to play college soccer at Massasoit CC helping the program win their first NJCAA Div-1 National Championship in 1986. After graduating, he began a 10 year career as a semi-professional player in the competitive L.A.S.A. league where he went on to become a three time all-star while representing his team as captain for eight of those ten seasons.
Costa currently holds the NSCAA Premier Badge, USSF B License, KNVB Dutch Advanced Diploma, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma. He is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as well as the Portuguese Soccer Coaches Association of America.
He currently resides in Avon, MA with his wife Diane and 2 year old son Kaden.
Gustavo Nascimento joined the Lynx coaching staff as an assistant coach in July 2012 after a season on the sidelines at Anna Maria College of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in nearby Paxton, MA.
Nascimento has been involved with soccer most of his life. The Brazil native played at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in South Yarmouth, MA and continues to play in area amateur leagues as an adult. On the coaching side, in addition to his time spent at Anna Maria, he works with various local organizations, including Medford Youth Soccer and Sidekick Soccer Academy.
He carries a United States Soccer Federation E license and NFHS Coaches Principles, Soccer Technical and Tactical Skills accreditation. Nascimento studied history with a minor in Spanish at the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated in 2006.
Andrew Keleher joined the Lynx staff as the men's and women's soccer goalkeeper coach in August 2012.
He comes to Lesley after serving in the same role at Springfield College, where he assisted his alma mater during the 2011 spring season. In fall 2010, he was the goalkeeper coach at East Longmeadow High School in East Longmeadow, MA, coaching the Spartans varsity, junior varsity and freshman keepers.
Keleher is the Managing Director of Sponsorships and Fundraising for the Real Boston Rams of the Player Development League (PDL) and is also the founder of ProFit, LLC, which provides individual training for soccer players of all positions.
Collegiately, Keleher logged a shutout in net for the Pride in 2008 and another in 2009. He was the men's soccer team representative on Springfield's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, representing the Pride at the NCAA Regional Leadership Convention in November 2009.
Keleher earned his bachelor's of science in sport management with a minor in business in 2010.