Richland Northeast High alumnus Aaron Lucas will return to the Cavaliers as basketball coach, Richland School District 2 announced Tuesday.
Lucas played point guard at South Carolina from 1999-2002. At Richland Northeast, he was the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Lucas takes over for
Jason Powell, who has been hired as athletics director at Westwood High.
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Lucas was officially hired at the district’s Board of Directors meeting on May 29.
“I am looking very much forward to (working with him),” said Cavaliers athletics director Gary Fulmer. “We expect that Aaron will continue the success that basketball at our school has had for almost 40 years. He has been a part of many of those teams. He got all the accolades you can name as a high school player.”
A Nike All-America, Lucas went on to score more than 1,000 points at South Carolina and is fourth all-time in assists.
Lucas played professionally in Europe from 2002-07, and later worked in the Gamecocks’ athletics department.
Fulmer said Lucas’ time with Gamecock coaches Eddie Fogler and Dave Odom, along with his professional experience, will make him an excellent coach.
“He’s going to bring a lot to the table when he comes,” Fulmer said.
“He was a student of the game. Of all the kids I coached, he really understood how the game should be played and played the game that way. And I think he will instill that in the guys that are here now.”
This is Lucas’ first head coaching position and his first with a high school program.
In 2012-13, the Cavaliers were 16-9 and made their sixth consecutive Class 4A playoff appearance.