The American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) is proud to announce the appointment of David Lucia as its first executive director. ASHA President Mike Hickey, who appointed Lucia, said, “ASHA has grown to a point where an executive director is needed to move the organization’s mission forward, and David is the ideal person to accomplish this mission.” Lucia brings a wealth of leadership skills and professional qualities that make him well positioned to lead ASHA toward its future goals and organizational mission.
Lucia has a longtime dedication to special hockey and a deep background in ice hockey at all levels. He payed youth and high school hockey in Madison, Wisc., and Division I college hockey for the University of Notre Dame. He’s been the head coach and a board member of the Montgomery Cheetahs Special Hockey Program since its inception in the fall of 2006. His son plays for the team, and his daughter plays youth hockey with the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association.
Lucia’s role as executive director will be to design, develop, and implement strategic plans for ASHA in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. He will also be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization, including managing committees and staff and developing business plans in collaboration with the board for the future of the organization. Lucia will work to develop and lead committees to enhance the future growth of the organization and work with these committees to develop future goals and initiatives to support the growth of the organization and its member programs.
Lucia retired from the United States Air Force in August 2010 with the rank of Colonel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a master’s degree in aeronautical science, and a master’s degree in military arts and science.