|Title:||Head Coach, Women's Soccer|
|Career Record:||104-26-12 (55-3-3 NECC)|
|Awards:||2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 NECC Coach of the Year|
Paul Vasconcelos is in seventh year as head coach for the women's soccer team at Lesley University.
Vasconcelos and his staff led the Lynx to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013 after earning an automatic bid, winning their second stright New England Collegiate Conference Championship. Dating back to the 2009 season, Lesley has a 44-match conference regular season unbeaten streak and has appeared in six straight NECC Championship matches, winning three titles.
In his first year, the women's program made a remarkable turnaround, improving to 14-4-1 in the 2007 season and getting into the record books as the NCAA All-Time Most Improved Division III program in the country. As a result, Vasconcelos was selected as the 2007 North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year.
Over the next two seasons, Vasconcelos led the Lynx to a combined 31-8-3 record. In both the 2008 and 2009 seasons Lesley reached the New England Collegiate Conference Championship match, winning in 2009 over Mitchell College.
The Lynx returned to the title game again in 2010, when
Vasconcelos was named NECC Coach of the Year for an unprecedented
third consecutive season. He has now coached a total of 27
All-Conference players, including three Conference Players of the
Year, four All-New England selections and two Conference Rookies of
In 2002 he was appointed the assistant coach at Milton Academy where he stayed on for just one season, before leaving to become the assistant coach at Emerson College. At Emerson he helped lead the Lions to their best record in the programs history in just his first year. He stayed at Emerson for three seasons, leading the Lions to two straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference semifinals matches.
In 2004 he was hired as a full time staff coach at South Coast Scorpions a premier girls club based out of Braintree. In his time there he trained some of the top female players in the state. A member of the US Soccer Coaches Organization and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Vasconcelos holds the USSF National C License, KNVB Dutch Advanced License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma along with several international licenses. He has recently been hired as the Massachusetts ODP State U14 assistant girls coach. Currently he is the Technical Director at Galway Rovers FC, a premier youth club based out of Cohasset, Massachusetts.
"My staff and I are dedicated to recruiting top flight student-athletes to come in and make an immediate impact to our already successful program,” Vasconcelos on his role at Lesley. “We aim to be one of the top programs in the region for years to come."
Lauren Ciccone Jenkins joined the Lynx women soccer staff in August 2011.
"We are very excited about bringing on a coach of Lauren’s talent and ability. She is a great role model for our women and will be instrumental in our success going forward," said head coach Paul Vasconcelos.
Ciccone Jenkins led Boston University to the NCAA Tournament after helping capture America East Conference championships in 2001 and 2003, captaining the Terriers as a senior in 2004.
After graduating, from January of 2005 until 2008, she served strength and conditioning roles at Harvard University and BU. Meanwhile, from 2006 to 2008, she played for the Boston Aztec of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL), a national amateur soccer league.
A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), she is an assistant coach in the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program, a role she has held since 2009.
In 2001, she was named the Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year, the top honor for the state's high school players.
Ciccone Jenkins earned her master's degree from BU in 2008 in exercise science after earning her bachelor's degree in 2005 in anatomy & physiology.
Sarah Etzel comes back to Cambridge to join the staff where she helped the Lynx to a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) title in 2009 as a defender.
Prior to coming on board at her alma mater, Etzel served as girl’s junior varsity head coach at Somerville High School where she was responsible for planning and executing practices and team travel. Etzel also worked closely with the varsity program, assisting in practices and matches. Most recently, Etzel was the interim head coach at Newbury College where she led the Nighthawks to an NECC Championship Tournament appearance.
Lynx head coach Paul Vasconelos on the addition of Etzel to the staff: “Sarah was my first ever recruit here at Lesley, she knows what it takes to win here and we are thrilled to have her on board.”
A certified teacher, Etzel graduated from Lesley University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education and History.
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.