Milwaukee Wave Hall of Famer returns to Wis. Lutheran
Wisconsin Lutheran athletic director Skip Noon announced that Tony Pierce, a Milwaukee Wave Hall of Fame member, has returned as head women's soccer coach. Pierce, the sixth head coach in program history, previously served as the Warriors women's soccer coach from 1996-97.
"I am very excited to return to WLC," said Pierce. "As an alumnus and former coach, it's nice to come back and see how the program has grown. I look forward to continuing to develop the program into a successful conference contender."
Pierce brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience to the Warriors at both the NCAA Division I and III levels. He comes to Wisconsin Lutheran from fellow Northern Athletics Conference member Lakeland, where he served as the head men's and women's soccer coach for the past two seasons. Prior to coaching at Lakeland, Pierce spent six seasons (2004-2009) as an assistant men's soccer coach at UW-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 UW-Milwaukee.
During the 1996 and 1997 seasons, Pierce served as the second head coach in Wisconsin Lutheran 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 finished 11-9, which included a 9-5 conference mark for third place in the Lake Michigan Conference.
A student-athlete at 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 is the only player to play for every coach in the team's history.
Pierce graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran in 1998 with a degree in education. He and his wife, Marcia, have three children, Nick (20), Pearl (19), and Hanna (14).