When Western Connecticut State University opens its new men's and women's cross country season this September, Ed Lucas will be at the helm of both programs, announced WestConn Director of Athletics and Recreation Lori R. Mazza on Tuesday.
"We are very excited to have Ed as our inaugural men's and women's cross country coach," stated Mazza. "Between his accomplishments as a coach and the connections at the high school level, it is the perfect combination to lead these new programs in success."
Lucas comes to WestConn with an extensive background as the boy's and girl's cross country and track coach at Oxford, Masuk and Shelton High Schools.
"I am excited for the opportunity to start a new program and grateful that the WestConn administration has faith in me to do so," said Lucas.
The Newtown, CT native started the boy's and girl's cross country program from the beginning of Oxford High School's existence in 2007. In 2010 and 2011, he was named Connecticut Post Girl's Cross Country Coach of the Year. In 2011, he was also named top girls' cross country coach by the New Haven Register. That same season, he led Oxford's girls' team to a first-place finish in the Connecticut Class SS State Meet. In 2015, Lucas coached the Naugatuck Valley League Girl's Champion.
At Masuk High School in Monroe, CT, since 2015, his boy's track team compiled a 35-3-1 overall record and were crowned Southwest Conference Patriot Division champions each of the last three seasons. They were 2016 Southwest Conference Champions and captured the 2017 Connecticut Class MM championship.
His first head coaching stint came at Shelton High School as the boys' cross country coach. The Gaels went 28-3 from 1998 to 2000 and were ranked as high as 11th in the 1999 State Coaches' Poll.
Lucas enjoyed an outstanding collegiate cross country and track career at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. He was a two-time All-Eastern cross-country selection, an All-IC4A honoree in cross country and the East Coast Conference champion in the 3,000 and 10,000 meter events. He was named captain for the Blue Devils' cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams prior to earning a degree in Management.
Lucas went on to earn a Master's Degree in Education from the University of New Haven in 1998.