Paul Vasconcelos is in his thirteenth year as head coach for the women's soccer team at Lesley University. He is the all-time winningest coach in Lesley soccer history and posts an 199-54-18 overall record (93-2-2 NECC).
Vasconcelos and his staff guided the Lynx to their eighth New England Collegiate Conference title in 2019 and returned to the NCAA Tournament. 2019 also marked the ninth time (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) in Vasconcelos' career that he was voted Conference Coach of the Year by his peers.
Under his direction, Vasconcelos has turned the Lynx into a premier program in the region. He has compiled a .771 winning percentage which puts him in the top 10 winningest-active coaches in NCAA history and appeared in ten straight NECC Championship games.
His teams have also excelled in the classroom as they are annually honored by the United Soccer Coaches with the Team Academic Award, a distinction that recognizes programs that compile a combined grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
In his first year on staff, 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.
He has now coached a total of 50 All-Conference players, including five Conference Players of the Year, seven All-New England selections and three Conference Rookies of the Year.
Prior to his time at Lesley, he was 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.
He holds a USSF National B License, KNVB Dutch Advanced License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and Portuguese Level III. He also coached in the Massachusetts ODP system for over 8 years.
"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 elite programs for years to come."