George Chis-Luca is in his fifth season as the leader of the Philadelphia University women’s lacrosse program.
In Chis-Luca’s first four seasons as the Rams’ head coach, Philadelphia has posted an overall record of 36-35 and is one of two schools to appear in all four Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship Tournaments.
In 2012, Philadelphia went 8-10 overall and earned the third seed for the CACC Championship Tournament.
Attack Emily Ray, midfielder CariBeth Shappell, and attack Taylor Peltzer led the conference in goals, assists, and points, respectively. All three players were named to the All-CACC first team, while defender Andrea Saracco was a second-team selection. Shappell and Saracco were selected to play in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) North-South Senior All-Star Game. In the classroom, the Rams posted a team GPA of 3.36, the third-best in Division II.
The Rams went 11-7 overall and reached the championship game of the CACC Tournament and allowed Chis-Luca to earn the conference’s coach of the year award in 2011. Seven players represented Philadelphia on the all-CACC team, including Shappell being selected as the conference’s player of the year.
The 2010 season saw Philadelphia post 7-11 overall mark and secure the fourth seed in the CACC Tournament. All-CACC first team selection Kathryn Maurer participated in the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game.
The Rams enjoyed great success in Chis-Luca’s first season with the program. Philadelphia won the inaugural CACC championship and placed four players on the CACC All-Tournament team, including Shappell as the tournament MVP. Goalkeeper Katherine Sullivan was selected as the conference player of the year.
Before arriving at Philadelphia University, Chis-Luca was the head boy’s lacrosse coach at Northern Burlington High School during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Greyhounds posted a 12-5 record in 2008—a 10-win improvement over the previous season—and won the division title. He also served as the head JV football coach and assistant varsity football coach at Northern Burlington from 2006 until 2008.
Chis-Luca, a 2004 graduate from Rowan University—where he founded the school's ice hockey club in 2001—with a degree in health and physical education, is a physical education teacher at the New Grange School in Princeton, N.J. He previously held that title at Northern Burlington and Ocean Avenue Elementary School. At Ocean Avenue, he was named the teacher of the year.