Elite Athlete Performance
Lucas Moreno was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and began playing soccer for several youth teams at an early age in Venezuela and Colombia. In 1991, Lucas' family relocated to Atlanta. After playing locally for several teams and years, Lucas had the opportunity and privilege to play under former U-20 Canadian Men's National Team coach Paul James. During his tenure under Coach James, Lucas became renowned for his explosive ability with the ball while a standout soccer player at Coastal Carolina University Soccer Academy. It was at this point, however, that Lucas began running into troubles with injuries. While attending Georgia State University, Lucas was given the opportunity in 2001 to play professionally in Mexico. Moreno took a break from his studies to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, and from 2001-2003, Moreno went on to gain valuable experience playing and training with Mexican first division professional teams Querétaro Fútbol Club, Celaya Fútbol Club, and Salamanca Fútbol Club under head coach Hugo Serrano. After several knee injuries, Lucas turned his attention to coaching. Lucas returned to focus on his education, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2005. Using his background in Exercise Science, which he also studied at Georgia State University, he has gone on to train athletes at multiple levels while working for Bally Total Fitness and LA Fitness Sports Club Intl., and as a soccer trainer with Elite Athlete Performance in Atlanta. In 2011, Georgia Soccer selected Moreno as the Boy's Select Soccer Coach of the Year for the state of Georgia. In 2014, Moreno was asked to join the coaching staff for the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves professional soccer team, and is currently one of the assistant coaches. Coach Moreno currently holds a USSF National C Coaching License, and his training and expertise is influential in the ongoing success of St. Pius Soccer, a perennial national powerhouse.