Lindsey Balconi joined the LSU soccer staff in March of 2020 after serving two years on head coach Sian Hudson’s staff at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Balconi worked closely with LSU’s backline during her first year on staff and her impact was felt right away. The Tigers allowed only 20 goals in 19 matches played. The Tigers had six shutouts during the 2020-21 season including five in their last eight games played. Maya Gordon was named to the All-SEC Second Team under the instruction of Balconi; Gordon showed a prowess for goal saving tackles while also being a consistent marker of the opposition inside the box on crosses.
A standout Division I student-athlete from the University of Cincinnati, Balconi competed for the Bearcats from 2005-08, earning Big East Academic All-Star accolades all four years. A four-year starter, Balconi was chosen to be the team captain during her senior campaign in 2008.
During her time at UCCS (2018 & 2019), Balconi served as the assistant coach while also handling the team’s strength and conditioning program. Her two seasons as assistant coach saw the Mountain Lions accumulate a record of 35-5-3 and earn bids to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons. UCCS earned the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA Division II polls for the first time in program history in 2019 and stayed there for seven-straight weeks while also claiming the program’s first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season title.
Balconi served in a number of ways while at UCCS with tasks that included but were not limited to preparing training sessions, going over pre and post-game scout video reviews of opposing teams, and developing set pieces. Off the pitch, she recruited efficiently, served as the team’s director of ops managing travel and hotel bookings, handled all equipment orders, and also helped update the program’s social media pages.
Balconi was a prolific goal scorer on the high school level in Texas as she scored 46 goals and registered 30 assists en route to being named the Texas High School Gatorade Player of the year in 2003. Following her playing days at the University of Cincinnati, Balconi was offered a contract in 2009 to play professionally for the Buffalo Flash women’s soccer club.
Right after graduating from Cincinnati in 2009, Balconi co-founded and co-owned Balconi Top Training, an elite pro performance center that was based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It trained more than 500 athletes annually in a 9,000 square-foot facility.
Balconi designed and implemented personalized programs for women’s soccer players at the U.S. National level and worked with more than 500 players annually. She also coordinated training programs for top Midwest clubs and local high school soccer teams. She was the financial and administrator officer for the company assisting in client relations, finances, technical support, sales, marketing, and advertising.
On the coaching level, Balconi holds a U.S. Soccer National C coaching license. In 2010, she obtained her National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) certificate in Personal Training and as a Sports Nutritionist. She is currently in the process of obtaining her United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma.
Balconi graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2009 with a degree in political science. She is married to Reneé Balconi. They have one son, DiMaggio Balconi.