“Gary’s dynamic coaching philosophy and development plan for the program stood out among all the nationwide applicants,” said interim athletic director Alex Winnicker.
Lawson brings over 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.
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.
“From the moment I stepped inside The Hill Center, I knew this was the right place for me,” said Lawson. “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.”
The third head coach in the history of Lady Bears Soccer 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. He is also CEO and owner of Gary Lawson Soccer, a company he founded in 2010 offering personalized performance training to soccer players of all ages.
The Lady Bears will open their fifth season in program history and second season in the Skyline Conference this September.