Following an extensive national search, Delta State University director of athletics Ronnie Mayers has named Luke Sheekey as the next head coach of the Lady Statesmen soccer team.
"We are excited to have someone of coach Sheekey's caliber coming in to lead our women's soccer program," Mayers said. "His knowledge of Delta State, the Gulf South Conference and the South region are a major plus. We love his enthusiasm for the game and are ready for him to get to work."
The London, England, native is the third head coach in program history, and will assume duties immediately, following the departure of Paul Babba.
"I am excited to be back at Delta State," Sheekey said. "I would like to thank Ronnie Mayers, Dana George and Matt Jones for the opportunity to take charge of the program. I am confident that we can build a program that can do well in the the Gulf South Conference. I am ready to get going and to add some quality players for the fall."
For the last three years Sheekey, who holds the highest coaching license issued by the United States Soccer Federation (National "A"), has been at the helm of the Louisiana Olympic Development program and helped direct Holy Cross High School (New Orleans) to its first state championship match appearance in program history. He was also in charge of the junior varsity team at Holy Cross.
Sheekey served as assistant coach and associate head coach (2010-11) of the Baton Rouge Capitals (Professional Development League) for two seasons, assistant director of coaching of the Plantation Athletic Club for three seasons and was the head coach at Archbishop Chapelle High School from 2011-12.
Following his time at Archbishop Chapelle, Sheekey served one season (2012) as a graduate assistant coach for the Lady Statesmen and Statesmen and earned a Master of Science in Sports Management.
As a player, Sheekey played two seasons as a reserve and youth player at former English Premiere League Club Queens Park Rangers. He has also played multiple seasons for the Panama City Pirates, Baton Rouge Capitals and New Orleans Jesters (USL,PDL).
Over three full seasons, Sheekey scored 41 goals and added 17 assists, while earning NSCAA and Daktronics All-Region honors twice as a player at Sunshine State Conference member Eckerd College. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications Management/Athletic Administration from Eckerd in 2010.