LOWELL, Mass. – The UMass Lowell community was saddened to learn that Gary Mucica, golf coach and director of graduate programs for the Manning School of Business, passed away Tuesday morning due to complications from cancer. Mucica, 62, is survived by his wife, Sally, and his brother Bill, who is an assistant coach with the golf program.

Chancellor Meehan offered condolences on behalf of the campus community, noting the dedication and commitment that Mucica showed to the university’s academic and athletic programs. The flags are flying at half mast across campus this week in his honor.

“Gary’s passing is a great loss to the university. He made so many contributions to the growth of the campus. That will forever be his legacy at UMass Lowell,” chancellor Meehan said. “We can only hope the thoughts and prayers of an entire university community will make the grief a bit easier to bear for his wife, Sally; his brother, Bill; and his many friends and loved ones.”

A former golfer at Lowell Technological Institute (’71), Mucica was named the head coach when the program was restored to varsity status in 2004. He led the team to its most successful season last year, when it placed third among 34 Division I, II and III teams in the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Tournament and earned its fourth bid to the NCAA Tournament East-Atlantic Regional in five years.

Along with his role with the Manning School of Business, Mucica served as co-chair of the campus Branding and Marketing Committee as part of the UMass Lowell 2020 strategic plan. He was also a member and recently served as the chair of the Manning School of Business Advisory Board.

In 2003, Mucica received the Francis Cabot Lowell Alumnus of the Year Award for Management. He also held an MBA degree from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University.

“We are deeply saddened at the death of our dear friend Gary Mucica,” athletic director Dana Skinner said. “Gary was one of those rare individuals who had a talent for spreading optimism in every corner of the campus. He wore many hats and touched many people – from faculty and staff, to students, to alumni and so many friends. Gary loved this university, and his work with the golf program and our student-athletes was nothing short of special.”