George Chis-Luca is in his sixth season as the leader of the Philadelphia University women’s lacrosse program.
In his first five seasons as the team's head coach, Chis-Luca—the 2011 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year—has an overall record of 50-39, including a 41-15 mark against the conference. Philadelphia is one of only two schools to appear in all five CACC Tournaments.
Last season the Rams posted a 14-5 record, the most wins in a single season under Chis-Luca, and reached the final of the CACC Tournament. Philadelphia landed eight players on the All-CACC team, including three first team selections. Liz Mower was tabbed as the CACC rookie of the year.
In 2012, Philadelphia went 8-10 overall and earned the third seed for the CACC Tournament. Emily Ray, Caribeth Shappell, and Taylor Peltzer 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 during the 2011 season. 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.