Tony Pierce is in his 10th season as head women's soccer coach at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Pierce previously coached the Warriors in 1996 and 1997 before resuming his role as head coach in 2012.
Wisconsin Lutheran concluded its 2018 season with seven overall wins and four conference victories. The seven overall victories and four league wins are the most since the 2012 season. Pierce also coached the Warriors' first First Team All-NACC selection since 2005 in senior Helen Joyce.
Pierce, who was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame in the spring of 2017, guided the Warriors to an 8-8-3 overall record, including a 5-6-1 mark in the NACC in his return to WLC in 2012. Following a slow start, the Warriors finished strong by 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.
In nine seasons as head coach, Pierce has coached 15 players who've earned a total of 21 all-conference awards.
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) at fellow NACC member Lakeland University 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 has also 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 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.