Alumni Athlete Profile on Brady Lucas


Steve Woltmann

Elmhurst Men’s Soccer at Benedictine

Brady Lucas, an Alumni Athlete from Lakes Community High School who graduated in 2020 has continued his soccer career at Elmhurst University for the last 3 years.

“I’ve literally played all my life,” Lucas said. He started at the Lindenhurst Park District, then went to club soccer, high school, and eventually came to the decision he wanted to take it to the next level.

Many factors can influence someone’s decision on where they want to go. Brady chose Elmhurst because “I [felt] like I could make an impact. From the first moments here I was able to break into the first team and contribute. The coaching staff was very friendly and showed that they really wanted me to join their team.” Additionally this school offers great business opportunities for what he was interested in and suited him best.

But even with all great things, some do come with some challenges. Right when he started college soccer he was thrown into a different position. He was forced to adjust quickly and learn a position I had never played before.

Experiences can also help shape a person. Whether it’s on or off the field, from a teammate or coach. Brady said “everyday [he] was able to learn something new. Whether it was from guys on the team, or Coach Kullby.” It seemed there were a lot of opportunities for him to learn and grow throughout his years here. “Kullby was always helpful and taught me how to play smarter and faster throughout my four years.” He says the coaching was very helpful to prepare him to be ready for college soccer.

It is usually a good idea to ask for advice and learn new things from other people. If you want to play at the next level, here is some advice from Lucas. “Go after what you want. The worst thing a coach can say is no. Find schools you are interested in and then look into their athletic programs. Emailing coaches is always a good first step, highlighting why you’re interested, why you think you’d be a good fit, as well as any film you may have of yourself. Lastly, the word of mouth can be very effective so if you know anyone (a current player or alumni) then that could be a first good step. Overall, just be yourself and go after your dreams.”