A former VCU standout, Lucas Paulini enters his fifth season as an Assistant Coach for the Rams in 2023.
In 2021, VCU appeared in the United Soccer Coaches poll for 11 straight weeks, and reached as high as No. 12 in the rankings. The Rams recorded three wins over ranked teams, and Celio Pompeu earned A-10 Midfielder of the Year honors.
Before returning to Richmond, Paulini spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Houston Baptist University working under former VCU assistant coach, Ryan Pratt.
Prior to joining HBU, Paulini spent two seasons at Virginia Commonwealth University as the Director of Operations where he assisted in planning and conducting daily training sessions, film breakdown and scouting report development.
Paulini, who was the first Ram to sign a professional contract under head coach Dave Giffard, signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2011, making his debut on April 9 against NSC Minnesota Stars. He played four seasons in Atlanta. After just one season with VCU, Paulini earned CAA All-First Team honors. He also earned All-Region recognition in each of his four collegiate seasons, after being a three-time honoree at Tusculum College.
Entering his 14th season with the Rams, Brett Teach has been instrumental in elevating VCU to a national stage.
After serving as the head coach at Tusculum College, Teach has helped the Rams to a 109-92-41 record that has involved national rankings, as high as eighth in the country, and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Teach took Tusculum to a 41-18-5 record over three years that included back-to-back conference championships and back-to-back SAC Coach of the Year awards. In 2008, he took them to the Elite Eight, and Tusculum finished the regular season ranked seventh in Division II.
Prior to taking the reigns at Tusculum, Teach reached extraordinary levels of success at NAIA Auburn University at Montgomery. Piling up a 139-12-6 record over seven years, Teach led AUM to three NAIA National Runner-Up finishes, four Final Four appearances and five Elite Eight performances.
In the spring of 2015, Teach was inducted into the AUM Hall of Fame, after transforming the program into a national contender.
Teach has also spent time as a head coach at Georgia State, Oglethorpe and Erskine Universities, and has amassed a 375-208-28 overall record as a college head coach. Spending ten years coaching women’s soccer, Teach has a 270-141-19 record coaching on the men’s side.
During his successful career, Teach has been named Conference Coach of the Year nine times. He has also received NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year and NAIA South Region Coach of the Year on four occasions, while earning NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2008 and NAIA National Coach of the Year accolades in 2000.