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The Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation is proud to announce that Hamlin High School head football coach Russell Lucas has been named the 2019 recipient of the THSCEF’s Grant Teaff “Coaching Beyond the Game” Award.

  This award is presented annually at the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation Leadership Summit, to an individual who has impacted their team, school and community through their passion and commitment to “coach beyond the game” and honors their leadership in creating and sustaining programs that address the social issues today.

In 2014 Coach Lucas and his good friend Dan Byerly and the Hamlin Boys Club developed an annual event very similar to the Leadership Summit called Playmaker. The event brings in a variety of speakers meant to inspire students, parents and coaches around the Big Country to live their lives with passion and purpose. Some of past speakers include: Stephen Mackey, Grant Teaff, Sam Harrell, DW Rutledge, and Case Keenum. Because of the generous support of sponsors from the Big Country and around the state, Playmaker has given away over $100,000 to youth organizations and $21,000 in college scholarships.

A past THSCA member of the THSCA Board of Directors, Coach Lucas was awarded the Mirabeau B. Lamar award for being an outstanding educator by the Rotan school district in 2006. In 2015 Hamlin Chamber of Commerce selected Coach Lucas as “Man of the Year”.   He is in his 29th year of coaching and has a career record of 115-57.

Russell and his wife Rosie have four sons, Tyler is athletic trainer at Cisco JC, Ryne and wife Emily live in Hamlin where Ryne is the Defensive Coordinator and head baseball coach, Tucker is a senior at Abilene Christian University and Brannon is a senior at Mary Hardin-Baylor.

The award will be presented to Lucas, who will also be a speaker, at the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation’s 2019 Leadership Summit at Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio, Texas on February 25, 2019.