Brian Gill was hired in December 2016 and is in his first year as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team.
"I am thrilled to welcome Brian to our staff at Penn," said Penn's James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer, Rudy Fuller, at the time of Gill's hiring. "I have known Brian for almost ten years and have admired his work at Georgetown and elsewhere. We have always discussed the possibility of working together at some point, and it's great to finally get that opportunity."
Gill came to Penn after spending seven seasons at Georgetown University as an assistant coach. He helped lead the Hoyas to a 16-2-3 mark in 2015, including a perfect mark in Big East play and a program-record 18-match unbeaten streak.
"First, I would like to thank Coach Fuller for the opportunity he has given me to become a part of the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer program," said Gill. "I am excited to get working alongside him, the rest of the staff, and the team to continue the strong soccer tradition that exists here. I would also like to thank Coach Brian Wiese, Zach Samol, and all the players at Georgetown for some great experiences and memories over the years."
In 2012, Gill helped guide the Hoyas to the NCAA College Cup final after the Hoyas started the year unranked. GU finished the year at 19-4-3, setting a school record in wins and earning the No. 3 seed in the national tournament.
"Brian is widely considered one of the top young coaches in the country, and has been an integral part of the Hoya program and their success over the past seven years," said Fuller. "His experience at Georgetown and in the Big East Conference will allow him to make an immediate and valuable impact on our team. Brian is a winner with a tremendous track record of recruiting and developing student-athletes, and I am excited to begin working with him to help our program reach new heights in the years ahead."
During his tenure at Georgetown, Gill coached 14 players that signed with a Major League Soccer (MLS) squad, one MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, three Hermann Trophy semifinalists, nine All-Americans, 22 regional All-Americans, nine Big East Players of the Year, and 30 All-Big East honorees, as well as the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Academically, one Academic All-American, one Big East Scholar-Athlete and one Elite89 Award winner have played under Gill's tutelage.
Prior to spending time in the nation's capital, Gill spent one season at Seattle University (2009) and two seasons at Lafayette College in nearby Easton, Pa. (2007-2008).
Gill currently holds a USSF 'B' License as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a National Goalkeepers Diploma.
As a player, Gill was a two-time team MVP at Rider University and helped the team reach the MAAC Championship match in 2000 and 2003. He also played goalkeeper for the Brooklyn Knights of USL's Premier Development League from 2001-13.
Gill graduated magna cum laude from Rider with a degree in secondary education and history. He earned his master's degree at Georgetown in sports industry management.
Peter Lowry was hired in January of 2017 and is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Red and Blue.
"I feel very fortunate to have a coach of Peter's caliber join our staff at Penn," remarked Fuller. "The opportunity came about unexpectedly, and after speaking with Peter on a few occasions, I knew he would be a tremendous addition to our program."
Lowry comes to Penn after most recently having spent two seasons at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. The Bisons went 16-16-3 with Lowry on staff, including a 10-6-2 mark in 2016, the second-highest win total in program history.
"I am very excited to be joining the Penn soccer family and thankful to Rudy Fuller for the opportunity to help him grow the program and work with the exemplary student-athletes here at Penn," said Lowry. "I would also like to thank Charles Morrow and all the players and coaches and staff at Lipscomb University for the opportunity to work with them over the past couple years. My wife and I are both looking forward to joining the Penn family and enjoying the city of Philadelphia."
Prior to his stint in the Music City, Lowry served as an integral part on the staff at Saint Mary's College in California, where he helped lead the Gaels to a 19-14-6 mark in his two-year tenure. In 2014, Saint Mary's finished the year with a program-best mark of 12-5-2 and second-place finish in the West Coast Conference.
Before entering the college ranks, Lowry worked with the U16 and U18 San Juan Soccer Club U.S. Development Academy teams in Sacramento, Calif. in 2012.
A prolific player himself, Lowry was a McDonald's High School All-American out of Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, Calif., and since, has proved successful at every level of the game with a decorated career in youth club, college and the professional ranks.
Lowry played four seasons of collegiate soccer at Santa Clara University, where he led the Broncos to a No. 2 national ranking, two WCC championships and appearances in the Elite 8 and round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. A four-year starter and two-year team captain, Lowry finished his career with 22 goals, good for seventh all-time in program history, and 15 assists.
Awards began to stockpile for Lowry following his senior season that saw the Broncos garner a No. 7 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. He finished the year with eight goals and seven assists, and was named WCC Player of the Year for his efforts. He was also selected to the FIrst Team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, All-Far West Region First Team, All-WCC First Team, College Soccer News First Team All-America and the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season.
Lowry was a 2007 semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given annually to the nation's top college soccer player, and for his contributions both on the field, in the classroom and in the community, he earned Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-America honors.
After graduating from Santa Clara in 2008 with a degree in finance, Lowry was selected 26th overall in the MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire. He made his full professional debut for the Fire on July 1, 2008 in a U.S. Open Cup third-round game against the Cleveland City Stars. Over his three-year stint with the Fire, Lowry started in 20 of his 24 matches played and scored five goals.
The Missoula, Mont. native wrapped up his professional career with the Portland Timbers after being selected 13th overall in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. He saw action in three games and started twice. Before his time in Chicago, Lowry played in the USL Premier Development League for the Ajax Orlando Prospects ('04), Boulder Rapids Reserve ('04-'05) and San Jose Frogs ('07).
"Peter's experience as a student-athlete at Santa Clara and then as a professional player in MLS with the Portland Timbers and the Chicago Fire will certainly benefit the young men in our program," said Fuller. "During his time as an assistant coach at St. Mary's (CA) College and Lipscomb University, he played an integral role in their success on and off the field. I am confident that he will make an immediate impact on our program and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead."
A four-year starter for Arcadia University, Ryan Lantzy enters his first season working for the Red and Blue.
"I am excited to welcome Ryan to our staff at Penn," remarked Fuller. "He has served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Arcadia University, for the last two seasons. I spoke to a number of people about Ryan during the hiring process and everyone spoke of his passion for the game, his maturity, and his work ethic."
Lantzy has spent the past two seasons working for the Knights, assisting the program to a combined record of 20-15-7. A native of Phoenixville, Pa., Lantzy will have a specific focus on the players between the pipes for the Red and Blue.
"He will be given a wide range of responsibilities in our program, but his main focus will be working with and developing our goalkeepers," outlined Fuller. "We have a long history of producing quality goalkeepers at Penn, and I am confident that Ryan will build on that legacy. The goalkeeper position requires special attention and specific training, and I am pleased that our goalkeepers will get what they need to excel and help our program reach our goals."
A goalkeeper himself at Arcadia, Lantzy amassed a 32-31-5 overall record, recording 20 shutouts with a career 1.28 goals-against average and a save percentage of .739, leading the Knights into the postseason in three of his four seasons. As a junior, Lantzy earned first-team All-Commonwealth Conference honors after posting a record of 8-7-2 with four shutouts and a career-best 1.08 GAA.
"I am excited to be working with this experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff," commented Lantzy. "Although I've only known everyone a short time, it is clear that all of our backgrounds can and will combine to advance the success of Penn Soccer. Thanks go out to head coach Rod Nydick at Arcadia for his mentorship and for connecting me with Rudy and the Penn program. And of course, thanks to Rudy for the opportunity to work with such a historically successful program."
Lantzy earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Arcadia. in 2014.