Tony Pierce is in his third season of his second stint as head women's soccer coach at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He previously served as the Warriors women's soccer coach from 1996-1997.
The Warriors increased their strength of schedule in 2013 and finished 4-13-2 overall. Goalkeeper Kate Gucinski and defenders Emily Sowinski and Beth Westphal earned All-NACC accolades.
In his return to WLC in 2012, Pierce guided the Warriors to an overall record of 8-8-3, including a 5-6-1 mark in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play. Following a slow start at 1-5-1, the Warriors finished strong, going 7-3-2 over their final 12 games. The eight wins were the most for Wisconsin Lutheran since 2002, while the five conference victories were the highest total since 2001.
Forward Maggie Smith and defender Emily Sowinski received NACC Honorable Mention honors in Pierce's first season back at WLC.
Pierce has a wealth of collegiate coaching experience at both the NCAA Division I and III levels. He served as head men's and women's soccer coach for two seasons (2010-2011) for fellow Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference member Lakeland College before returning to WLC. Prior to coaching at Lakeland, Pierce spent six seasons (2004-2009) as an assistant men's soccer coach at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Pierce also has held head coaching positions at Milwaukee School of Engineering, Concordia University Chicago, and Midland College (Texas), and served as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
During the 1996 and 1997 seasons, Pierce served as the second head coach in Wisconsin Lutheran College women's soccer history. He posted a .444 winning percentage during his two seasons, which is the highest of any WLC women's soccer coach. In his first season, Wisconsin Lutheran College finished 11-9, which included a 9-5 conference mark for third place in the former Lake Michigan Conference.
A student-athlete at the University of Connecticut from 1980-1984, Pierce was a member of the Huskies' 1981 NCAA Division I Championship soccer squad. Pierce also played a role in a pair of national semifinal appearances in 1982 and 1983. He played goalkeeper for the Milwaukee Wave from 1985-1993, where he was a three-time All-Pro Goalkeeper. He was inducted into the Milwaukee Wave Hall of Fame in 2010.
Pierce graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 1998 with a degree in education. He and his wife, Marcia, have three children, Nick, Pearl, and Hanna.