Gina Lucido is in her sixth season as the head coach of the Spiders in 2012, having led the Spiders to two Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championships, two A-10 Tournament Championships and two NCAA Tournament berths.
Richmond won the 2011 Atlantic 10 Regular-Season and Tournament Championships and defeated No. 11 ranked California in a NCAA Tournament Play-In Game to make its second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons.
Lucido also led the Spiders to the 2009 A-10 Regular Season and Tournament Championships, reaching the NCAA Tournament and finishing with a final national ranking of No. 19.
The Spiders have reached three Atlantic 10 title games in her five seasons with a 25-7 record against Atlantic 10 teams, including a 20-5 record in conference regular-season action.
The Spiders have qualified for the Atlantic 10 Tournament in each of her five seasons and have had numerous all-conference and all-region honorees. Richmond had the 2009 A-10 Offensive Player of the Year in Sarah Blythe-Wood and has boasted the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in three of Lucido's five seasons.Lucido was named 2009 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and the Spiders earned numerous individual postseason accolades, including six players earning Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors and Blythe-Wood being named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and a NFHCA Third-Team All-American.
After taking over a program in need of rebuilding in 2007, Lucido led the Spiders to a third-place finish in the Atlantic 10 in her first year at Richmond. The Spiders lost to eventual champion Massachusetts 1-0 in the A-10 semifinals. Lucido coached three Atlantic 10 All-Conference players and one All-Rookie selection in her first season with the Spiders.
In her second season, Richmond took second place in the Atlantic 10 and advanced to the A-10 title game.
In year three Richmond completed its return to the top of the Atlantic 10, winning the regular-season title and taking out Massachusetts to win its sixth A-10 Championship in the last seven years.
A former standout player at Ball State, Lucido came to Richmond from Indiana University, where she was an assistant coach for six years.
She helped guide Indiana from a 1-16 mark in 2001 to a school-record finish of 17-5 in 2005 and a mark of 14-5 in 2006. The Hoosiers earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005, and advanced to the Elite Eight after topping North Carolina, 3-2, in the first round.
During her time at Indiana, Lucido played a role in mentoring 65 Academic-All Big Ten selections, 53 NFHCA Academic Squad honorees, nine First-Team All-Big Ten selections, three All-Americans, one Big Ten Player of the Year, one U.S. National Team member and one Honda Award semifinalist.
A four-year letterwinner at Ball State in Muncie, Ind., Lucido led the Cardinals to unprecedented heights during her playing career, earning All-America honors in her senior season. During her time at Ball State, the Cardinals claimed the 1991, 1993 and 1994 MAC Championship, earning trips to the NCAA Tournament in both 1992 and 1994. Lucido was a member of the 1992 Ball State squad which ranked as high as No. 6 in the country, and also helped the Cardinals to an unprecedented streak of 10-straight shutouts in Mid-America Conference play during the 1993 season.
Lucido concluded her playing career as a Cardinal with a four-year mark of 61-19-2 (.756) overall, and a 30-3 (.909) regular-season record against MAC opponents. During her career, Lucido was a two-time Regional All-American, a three-time All-MAC honoree, a three-time All-MAC Academic award winner and garnered CFHCA Athletic/Academic All-American accolades in 1994.
While at Ball State, Lucido was named the first recipient of the Edith Patton Memorial Scholarship Award in 1994. The award honors the school's student-athlete who has excelled academically and athletically and embodied outstanding character, exemplary leadership and overall personal integrity.
Lucido began her coaching career at Bucknell where she spent three seasons as the Bison's assistant in both field hockey and lacrosse, while earning her Master of Science degree in education. Her responsibilities under Bucknell field hockey head coach Heather Lewis included coordinating all spring season competitions as well as day-to-day coaching and recruiting tasks.
Following her stint in Lewisburg, Pa., Lucido served as assistant field hockey coach, assistant professor of physical education and lacrosse head coach at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. During her time with the Crusader field hockey program, she served as the primary recruiter, while coordinating the in-game defense as well as preseason and postseason team conditioning programs.
Lucido, an active coach in the Champion's Edge Elite Field Hockey Clinics, was inducted into the Ball State Hall of Athletics in February 2006, with three of her 1994 senior class teammates.