Jac Cicala, head women’s soccer coach for the past 12 years, resigned and has accepted a position at Centreville High School, where he will teach U.S. government and coach boy’s varsity soccer.
Cicala once guided the Lake Braddock High School boy’s varsity soccer team to four Virginia Group AAA state championships in nine years and taught political science and government.
“Jac has been an integral part of George Mason soccer, first as a player, then playing a critical role in the development of the women’s soccer program to the national level,” said Tom O’Connor, director of athletics. “We appreciate his dedication to the program, the student-athlete, and the pride he fostered in the university community. We will miss him and wish him success.”
“My decision to leave George Mason was based on family reasons,” said Cicala. “It was a great experience with many positive memories. I’m thankful I had the opportunity to coach Division I soccer at George Mason. I owe so much of my success to the players whom I will truly miss.”
The 1993 National Coach of the Year, Cicala leaves Mason as the all-time leader in women’s coaching victories with a career mark of 139-93-22. His 139 total wins rank him among the top 50 active coaches in Division I.
A 1975 George Mason graduate, Cicala had two stints as an assistant coach–in the first three years of the program (1982-84) and again in 1990-91–before assuming head coaching duties in 1992. As head coach, he took the team to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the championship game in 1993, and kept the Patriots at or near the top of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) during his tenure. His 55 conference victories rank second in the league. Cicala was named the 2002 Co-Coach of the Year in the CAA.