By Marty Simpkins
WAKE FOREST — After leading the Wake Forest Cougars football team to their first 4AA state championship victory, head coach Reggie Lucas was named the North Carolina high school football coach of the year by the Associated Press Friday.
Lucas, who graduated from Wake Forest High School himself, led the Cougars to a perfect 16-0 record this past fall and won his first state championship by beating Greensboro’s Page High School 29-0 at N.C. State Dec. 17.
Lucas received 12 of a possible 23 votes to win his first coach of the year award. Shelby High School’s Lance Ware was second with four votes.
Lucas played quarterback at Wake Forest High School. After graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 1994, he returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach. Lucas took over as head coach in 2009, where he led the Cougars to a 14-1 record in his first year.
Since he took over as head coach, Lucas has accumulated a 103-34 record in eight seasons. He has never had a season where he lost more than five games. This past season was Wake
Forest’s first time going undefeated in school history.
The Cougars broke multiple school records in their road to the championship. Wake Forest’s defense posted a record seven shutouts in one season, including the state title game. They allowed an average of 6.7 points scored against them, while putting up an average of 36.4 points a game on offense.