NEW ORLEANS -- Mount Union head track and field coach Kevin Lucas has been named NCAA Division III National Outdoor Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America.
Lucas in his eighth year as men's head coach led the Purple Raiders to its second-ever outdoor team national championship at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last weekend at The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Mount Union edged out North Central (Ill.) by a single point after scoring a win in the final event -- the 4x400 meter relay. The Raiders also got wins in the 400 meter dash and 110 meter hurdles along with seventh place finishes in the pole vault, javelin and shot put.
Earlier this year, Lucas was named USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Men's Coach of the Year and it marked the 15th time over his career (14 at Mount Union, 1 at Salisbury, Md.) that he had been named regional coach of the year (8 outdoor, 7 indoor).
Lucas has coached the Raiders to three national track and field team titles -- outdoors in 2014 and 2018 and indoors in 2018. He also was the 2018 Indoor National Coach of the Year and 2014 Outdoor National Coach of the Year.
He has been at Mount Union for a total of nine years as he was head women's coach in 2009 before taking over both programs in 2010.
A 2001 graduate of Wilmington (Ohio), Lucas was an All-American sprinter for the Quakers, who also had head coaching stints at Heidelberg and Salisbury (Md.).