Wake Forest High Football Coach Reggie Lucas Is Bowled Over by Latest Honor

— Teddy Durgin • December 2016

In football, bowl games are supposed to be for college players and coaches, right? Don’t tell that to Wake Forest High School Coach Reggie Lucas, who has been selected to coach in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 7.

WFHS Coach Lucas

PHOTO COURTESY OF WAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
Wake Forest High School’s Reggie Lucas is set to coach in the high school all-star bowl game in Texas.

The annual game, which will be played in San Antonio, Texas, will feature 90 of the top high school football players from around the nation.

“It is the most prestigious all-star high school game in the country,” Lucas said. “Players and coaches will have the opportunity to meet other top high school athletes, and NFL Hall of Fame athletes will also be in attendance to speak.”

Many of the athletes playing in the game have scholarship offers. Some players will announce their college of choice on national TV during the game. The game and everything leading up to it will have a social responsibility aspect to it, as well. The goal is to make both good citizens and good players out of these college-bound teenagers.

“Community service projects will be performed throughout the week,” Lucas said. “U.S. Army personnel, including generals, will be present, and both players and coaches will attend seminars.”

Lucas is the only coach from the state of North Carolina to be selected to the coaching staff. He will work as an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball for the East team, serving under Coach Mike Kirshner of Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

“I don’t know much about the head coach,” Lucas said. “But we spoke on the phone recently, and I am looking forward to getting to know one another. I will know more about the schedule and process when I arrive.”

How did all of this come about? Lucas credits last year’s bowl trip. In 2015, Wake Forest High standout Dexter Lawrence played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“Dexter played for Wake Forest High School and represented our school and our community with high class. I attended the game and was able to meet the director of player personnel. He was very impressed with Dexter’s character,” Lucas said. “That being said, I received a phone call a month ago from the committee asking if I would coach this year. It was an honor to be selected. I don’t know if I would have been selected without Dexter representing our school and community as well as he did.”

But Lucas’ record speaks for itself, too. In his eight seasons as coach of the Wake Forest football team, he has compiled a sterling record of 100-16, with the team appearing in state championship games in 2010, 2013 and 2014. A bowl game lengthens his list of accomplishments.

“I am just looking forward to the overall experience of this great event,” he said, genuinely humbled at the honor. “I love learning from other coaches and helping student-athletes.”

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be televised live nationally on NBC.