Reggie Lucas tries to avoid individual praise.
When the Wake Forest High School football coach is asked about his stellar 101-15 mark with four trips to the state championship game in his eight seasons, he credits his staff and the players.
When he led his alma mater to a 16-0 record en route to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA football championship, snapping a 29-year NCHSAA title drought by the county, he again credited the people around him.
But media members across the state saw room to give Lucas praise too.
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They voted him North Carolina Associated Press coach of the year, which was announced on Friday.
The Cougars, where Lucas played quarterback in high school and returned as an assistant coach in 1994 after graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne, were dominant in the title game. Wake Forest led Greensboro’s Page High 23-0 at halftime and won 29-0.
Lucas received 12 of a possible 23 AP votes for coach of the year. Shelby’s Lance Ware was second with four.