Gary Lawson was appointed the third head women's soccer coach in St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) history in March 2016.
Lawson has unique and dynamic coaching style that yielded tremendous success at the youth and high school levels—bringing 17 years of coaching experience to Clinton Hill, including the last six as the head girl's varsity coach at the Brooklyn Friends School in downtown Brooklyn.
Inheriting a team that won one game the season prior to his arrival and with no time to recruit, Coach Lawson began to establish a culture of soccer at the College that was yet to be seen. In his second season in 2017, and having time to recruit his first class, Lawson led a team with nine freshmen to an 8-8 record, finished No. 12 in Division III in scoring offense, and qualified for the first Skyline Conference postseason berth in program history. His freshman class yielded two All-Skyline honorees, Deserae Sequeira and Anisah Molic, with Sequeira also being named the league's Rookie of the Year. The 2017 Bears improved to a +84 goal differential over their 2016 season.
In the June 2018, Lawson was honored by Coach & Athletic Director Magazine for their inaugural '40 Under 40' list.
While at Brooklyn Friends, the England native helped turn around a program that managed just six wins over five seasons from 2005-2010 to amassing a 58-18-9 record in the six seasons since taking over in 2010, guiding the Panthers to four straight Independent Schools Athletic League (ISAL) playoffs, capturing the title in 2012, 2013 and 2015. In addition to posting undefeated seasons in 2013 and 2015, Lawson's Panthers qualified for two New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) tournament appearances and also achieved their highest state ranking in school history.
"I am delighted to join St. Joseph's College as the new head women's soccer coach and would like to thank Alex and the college administration for giving me the opportunity to develop the program," commented Lawson on the selection to his first collegiate coaching position. "From the moment I stepped inside The Hill Center, I knew this was the right place for me. I am motivated greatly by the challenge of developing a team, not just to compete in the Skyline Conference, but one that will over time, be a contender among the Division III ranks."
Lawson began his playing career at a young age in Buckinghamshire, England and continued through his collegiate years at Aylesbury United FC and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University. While playing semi-professionally at various league clubs in England after graduation, Lawson began his coaching career and eventually traveled overseas to the US and joined Ashley's Soccer Camp and Soccer Domain Academy and began coaching various travel teams, academies, and camps. He returned to London to complete his PGCE in Physical Education at London Metropolitan University and since he returned back to the states has worked as the chair of physical education at the Brooklyn Friends School.
He is also the chief executive officer and owner of Gary Lawson Soccer, a company he founded in 2010 offering personalized performance training to soccer players of all ages. Lawson holds an Advanced National Diploma, a National Diploma and a Goalkeeping Level One Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a United States Soccer Federation "F" Coaching License.
Lawson resides in Manhattan with his wife Cindy and his son Jack Dylan.
|LAWSON'S YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORD|
|2016||St. Joseph's (Bklyn)||1-12|
|2017||St. Joseph's (Bklyn)||8-8 (4-5)||Skyline Conference First Round
Ranked #12 in Division III in scoring offense
|Overall (2 seasons)||9-20 (.310)|