Longmeadow, Mass. – Bay Path University is excited to announce Marcus Laquie as the new Head Coach of the varsity soccer program. He is joining the University from AFC Southampton Academy in Canada, where he is Technical Director and Head Coach, positions he has held since 2014. In this role within the Academy League, Laquie has contributed to four League Cup wins, two Provincial Cup wins, five overseas tournament successes and has reached the finals eight times.
"Marcus is an innovative and competitive coach who has demonstrated ability and knowledge in designing coaching curriculums to enhance player development and progression," said Joel Wincowski, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing, and Athletics. "We look forward to Marcus joining our University and sharing his incredible soccer talent. His experience recruiting, coaching, and winning in grassroots to senior-level teams proves he can build teams and develop athletes of all skill levels to perform their best."
Laquie's qualifications also include UEFA A License, UEFA Elite Youth A, Canadian Soccer Association Technical Director Diploma, ten years of coaching across Canada, UK and Portugal, and twenty years of playing experience having played for the FC Blue Diamond second division, Mark Professional Premier League and call ups to the Liberian U17 Men's National team and the Minnesota Twins Stars semi-professional.
"I am excited to join the Bay Path team and to have the opportunity to build a great women's soccer program that will have the University competing at a high-level,” said Marcus Laquie, new Head Coach for Bay Path University's soccer program. "I look forward to working with our student athletes to turn their potential into excellence on and off the field by sharing my knowledge and experience of the game and to create a place women want to come to develop in both soccer and academics."
Bay Path University recently announced its move from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association beginning this fall. As a result, the soccer team will compete at the Division I level.
"With Marcus as the Head Coach, we believe we will have future opportunities to participate in championship situations as we begin this year as part of the USCAA," said Wincowski.
About Bay Path University
Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), and Concord (MA), Bay Path's innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor's degree programs in the country; and over 60 graduate programs for women and men, including doctorate degrees. Bay Path's goal is to equip students with the confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.