Future Lady Monarchs have already signed from: Wash., Texas, Mich., N.J., R.I. and Va.
Lucey returns for his second season under Coach Garbutt after helping the ODU women's rowing program with a number of impressive results in only its third year of varsity status.
"The addition of Mike to the staff last season proved to be a major asset in the development of ODU's presence nationally," said ODU head coach Dan Garbutt. "We are very happy to be able have him rejoin us for the 2011-2012 campaign."
Along with a second place showing by the Varsity Eight and Varsity Four at the Dad Vail Regatta last season, the Lady Monarchs also had sweeps of Miami and Colgate, wins over six-time Patriot League Champion Bucknell, a third place finish at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, and Grand Final appearances at the Knecht Cup.
Lucey came to the ODU program from Dartmouth College where he served as the varsity assistant coach for the Big Green men's heavy rowing squad. In 2010, Lucey helped guide the heavy weight squad to a fifth place finish at the Eastern Springs and a eighth place showing at the IRA Regatta.
Prior to Dartmouth, Lucey served the second of two stints at Princeton University spending two seasons as the assistant coach with the women's lightweight crew. In the spring of 2009, he led the Tiger varsity lightweight coxed four to a gold medal at the Women's Eastern Sprints Championship. The previous season, Lucey coached the freshmen lightweight eight to a silver medal at the Women's Eastern Sprints Championship. Before rejoining the Princeton program in the 2008 season, Lucey coached one year as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, where the men's freshmen lightweight took an eight-place finish at that year's Men's Eastern Sprints Championships.
Beginning his career with Princeton, Lucey served as the volunteer assistant coach for both the Tiger men's heavyweight and lightweight teams. In his first year of coaching in 2006, Lucey led the third varsity lightweight eight to a third-place finish at the Eastern Sprints, as well as a fourth-place finish in the men's open four event at the 2006 IRA Regatta.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Lucey trained with the United States Men's National Team and was the top coxswain, sitting in Wisconsin's varsity eight for three years.
During his college career, the 2005 Wisconsin graduate with a degree in Political Science led the varsity eight to a nearly perfect regular season, including a fifth-place finish at the Eastern Sprints, as well as win over the University of Washington for the "W" Cup. Lucey steered the varsity eight to a fourth-place finish at the IRA Regatta in 2003, a silver medal at the Eastern Sprints, another "W" Cup, as well as the course records for the both the Men's 8+ and 4+ at the Midwest Rowing Championships. In the fall of 2002 during his first season of collegiate competition, he led the Badgers to a gold medal at the Head of the Charles in the Men's Championship eight event, a bronze medal in the varsity 4+ at the 2002 IRA Regatta, and captured the Ten Eyck Trophy for overall points for Team National Champion at the 2002 IRA Regatta.
Prior to coxing in college, Lucey was the first boat coxswain at Tabor Academy (Mass.) from 1999-2001. He spent two years at Tabor and helped lead the first boat into the grand final of the NEIRA regatta, including a fifth-place finish in 2000. In the summer of 2000, Lucey was selected to the United States Junior National team, where he coxed the Junior Men's pair (2+) to a silver medal in Zagreb, Croatia, at the 2000 Junior World Rowing Championships.
Before his arrival at Tabor Academy, Lucey attended St. John's High School (Mass.) and began coxing in 1996 on Lake Quinsigamond and has been involved with the sport of rowing ever since.