OHSFCA Hall of Fame banquet to induct Lutz, Lucas

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 23, 2003

COLUMBUS - The Schott is the spot. The 'Shoe will showcase the new.

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held Friday at the Ohio State University Schottenstein Center followed at 10 a.m. Saturday with the unveiling of the new Hall of Fame plaques being hung in the Ohio Stadium concourse.

Two of the inductees in this year's class are Ironton head coach Bob Lutz and former Coal Grove and current Wellston head coach Dave Lucas.

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Thanks to Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, members of the OHSFCA Hall of Fame will have their plaques placed in Ohio Stadium for a better public display than the former site of St. John Arena, the old home of Ohio State basketball.

Following Saturday morning's ceremonies, the Ohio State Buckeyes will conduct their annual Scarlet/Gray spring scrimmage at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is 1:37 p.m.

Others to be inducted are J. D. Graham, Paul Nestor, John Dipietro and Vern Long.

Lutz ranks as the fifth winningest coach in Ohio high school history. He was recently honored by the OHSFCA for winning his 300th game. That milestone came in the eighth game of the 2001 season as Ironton routed Dayton Dunbar 43-8 at Tanks Memorial Stadium.

In 34 seasons as a head coach, Lutz has posted a 311-66-5 record overall including 291-58-4 in 31 seasons at Ironton High School. He was 20-8-1 in three seasons at Ironton St. Joseph, his alma mater. He was also the South's head coach in the annual North/South All-Star Classic.

His teams have posted 13 unbeaten regular seasons, made 21 playoff appearances - second best in state history - and won the second most playoff games in OHSAA postseason play.

He guided Ironton to state championships in 1979 and 1989 while finishing as state runners-up on six occasions and winning four mythical Associated Press poll championships.

Lucas coached at Coal Grove from 1977 to 1998. He has coached the past three seasons at Wellston. He currently sports an impressive 176-76-1 record in 25 years as a head coach.

In 22 seasons at Coal Grove, Lucas was 154-70-1 and won or shared 15 Ohio Valley Conference championships, more than any coach in league history.

The Hornets qualified for seven postseason playoff appearances including the state semifinals in 1990. He had only three losing seasons and posted a 95-24 OVC record.

Lucas is a two-time past president of the OHSFCA and served as the South's head coach in the annual North/South All-Star Classic.