Somerset promotes Lucas

The Somerset football coaching saga is complete — though the discussion there surely isn’t — with the naming of Robbie Lucas as the Briar Jumpers’ interim head coach.

Somerset athletic director Bob Tucker said there will be a search after the season, but for now the team belongs to Lucas, a longtime assistant under Jay Cobb, who resigned unexpectedly earlier this week.

Lucas’ only previous experience as a head coach was at Lincoln County, and that didn’t go well, as he led the Patriots to consecutive 2-8 seasons in 2002 and ’03 before he resigned, returned to the Somerset staff where he had worked before coming to Lincoln and was ultimately replaced by Larry French.

He tells the Commonwealth Journal in the story linked above that he’s “a little older and a little wiser” now, and that’s often the case with coaches who get a second chance such as this. He certainly inherits a much better team at Somerset than he had in Stanford — the Jumpers had few graduation losses last year and are an overwhelming pick to win their Class AAA district — and his transition will be a smooth one since he has been in the program for so long, so here’s hoping things will go better for him this time around.

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