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Head Coach, Tony da Luz

Head Coach, Tony da Luz

Associate Head Coach, Philip Poole

Associate Head Coach, Philip Poole


Coach da Luz is entering his unprecedented 23rd season as the Head Coach of the NCAA Division One Soccer Program. Coach da Luz has built the Demon Deacons into an ACC and national soccer powerhouse.

Through 2018, he holds a 257-165-44 record at Wake Forest, with his 257 wins ranking third among coaches of ACC programs since the conference first recognized women's soccer in 1987. In 2018 the Deacs were ranked in the Top 25 Nationally and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

19 NCAA Tournament appearances means that no class under Coach da Luz has gone without competing for a National Title.  Under his guidance the program has won an ACC Tournament Championship (2010), reached the quarterfinals twice and earned a place in the Final Four (2011). Coach da Luz consistently produces some of the most talented players in the country that go on to play in the NWSL and abroad.

Coach da Luz stays active with the youth soccer programs in his community, currently serving as the NC Fusion ECNL Technical Advisor, he has worked with the Club for over 12 years.


Associate Head Coach Philip Poole

In February 2019 Philip joined the Wake Forest University Women’s Soccer Program as the Associate Head Coach.

Since 2015, Poole worked at the Charlotte Soccer Academy as the Girls US Soccer Development Academy Director and Director of Goalkeeping. He has also been involved with U.S. Soccer since 2012, working as a coach and scout from the U-14 level up to the senior National Team, and is currently working with the U-23 squad.

Poole spent five years as the executive director of the Lake Norman Soccer Club. He has experience working with the Charlotte Independence and Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro), and was also the goalkeepers coach for the Puerto Rico Men's National Team from 2011-12.

Poole has prior experience in collegiate coaching, spending three years as an assistant coach at Charlotte on the men's side, and one year at Wingate, his alma mater.

He graduated from Wingate in 2004 with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management. A four-year starter, Poole helped Wingate to a pair of conference titles, served as a two-year team captain, and was named to Wingate's All-Decade Team. He also earned conference Freshman of the Year honors his rookie season. The Newcastle, England native played as a youth player with Newcastle United before spending three seasons with the Hull City AFC.

Poole holds a U.S.S.F. National A license.


Coach Courtney Owen

A former four-year Demon Deacon student-athlete, Courtney Owen returned in 2016 as a volunteer assistant coach. Prior to the 2017 season, Owen was promoted to assistant coach. Owen played at Wake Forest from 2010-13, increasing her role on the team each season. She appeared in 25 total games, including 16 her senior season. Her first-career goal came in her final home game, a game-winner against Morehead State in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.