In a decade at Mount Union, Kevin Lucas has not only continued but expanded the strong tradition of the Purple Raider cross country and track and field teams.
He has been the head women's cross country and track and field coach for nine seasons and took over control of both men's and women's cross country and track and field programs in December 2010.
The highlights of his tenure so far has been leading the Raiders to three NCAA Division III men's track and field championships -- the outdoor title in 2014 along with sweeping both indoor and outdoor titles in 2018. In all three championship meets, Mount Union had to win the last event - the 4x400 meter relay -- to secure those national titles.
His national successes have not been limited to just the men's program as the women had their highest finish in program history placing third in the nation in 2012.
On the conference level, he has led Mount Union to 27 Ohio Athletic Conference track titles -- 8 in men's outdoor (2011-present), 7 in women's outdoor (2010-16), 6 each in men's indoor (2013-present) and women's indoor (2012-2017). Add in four OAC cross country titles (3 men and a women's title) and Lucas has brought Mount Union a combined 31 conference titles.
In cross country, he has led the men to a pair of NCAA Championship performances with an All-American in 2013 while the women have a team appearance in 2014 along with three individual qualifiers.
Numerous coaching accolades have come his way with three track and field national coach of the year awards, a combined 14 men's and women's regional coach of the year awards along with 18 OAC Coach of the Year honors.
Prior to coming to Mount Union, he spent a year as head men’s and women’s track and field coach at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. In 2009, the Sea Gull men’s outdoor track and field team had three All-Americans, a pair of individual national championships and placed fourth in the nation.
Prior to his stint at Salisbury, Lucas spent seven years at fellow OAC member Heidelberg University. From 2001 to 2003, he was an assistant cross country and track and field coach, before taking over as the men’s head coach in 2005. From 2006 to 2008, he was the head men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach.
His men’s teams at Heidelberg earned 10 individual All-American honors and had a two-time indoor long jump national champion. In his first year as women’s head coach, Heidelberg had its best finishes at the OAC indoor and outdoor championships since 2000. He also delivered the program its first indoor national champion and All-American in the 55-meter dash.
Lucas spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater and OAC member Wilmington College where he was the sprint coach for the men's and women's track and field teams. He helped the Quakers finish 18th in the nation, earn six All-American honors including two national runners-up.
The Russellville, Ohio, native earned bachelor's degrees in business administration and communication from Wilmington in 2001. He was a four-year track and field letter winner for the Quakers where he was named the team's Most Valuable Runner twice (1999 and 2000) and was the school’s top male scholar-athlete as he earned OAC’s Clyde Lamb selection in 2001. He set the OAC indoor record in the 400-meter dash and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference outdoor record in the same event. Lucas was All-American honors in 2001, a nine-time national qualifier and a USTFCCCA All-Academic selection. He also went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Heidelberg.
Updated Aug. 26, 2018