Long-time Lakeland men's soccer coach Djuro Peric stepped down before the start of the 2019 season.
Peric was the head coach at Lakeland for 31 seasons and compiled 282 victories as the longest tenured coach in Lakeland history.
During his coaching career, Peric has guided the Lakers to seven Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championships and has been named conference coach of the year six times.
Peric's time at Lakeland began as a player on the 1972 men's soccer team. In his first season as a player, Peric earned the Turnpike Athletic Conference and Lakeland Most Valuable Player and then was voted best forward in his sophomore season. He led Lakeland in scoring during both seasons that he played and was named all-region in his freshman season.
Following his playing career, Peric turned to coaching as an assistant to Mario Marcopoli.
In addition to countless all-conference and all-region selections, Peric has coached 17 Academic All-Americans. Peric has coached nine NJCAA All-Americans and four NSCAA All-Americans during his time at Lakeland.
Following the 2018 season, Peric was ranked seventh nationally with his 282 victories. He was also named to the Lakeland Men's Soccer All-20th Century Team.
Peric plans on spending more time in Florida watching his grandson play soccer.
For more information about Lakeland athletics, visit www.athletics.lakelandcc.edu.
About Lakeland Community College
Founded in 1967, Lakeland Community College was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to our mission, Lakeland provides quality learning opportunities to meet the social and economic needs of the community.
Offering day, evening, weekend and online classes, the college serves more than 10,800 credit and 2,800 noncredit students (2016). For more information about the College, visit www.lakelandcc.edu.