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Hamlin football coach Russell Lucas to receive "Coaching Beyond the Game" award

Hamlin football coach Russell Lucas is being honored with a statewide award.

Hamlin head football coach and athletic director Russell Lucas will receive the Grant Teaff "Coaching Beyond the Game" award, the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation announced on Monday afternoon.

The award goes 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 of today."

Lucas helped create the annual Playmaker event, which brings well-known coaches, players and motivational speaks to talk to Big Country athletes and coaches.

Since its inception in 2014, the Playmaker event has given more than $100,000 to youth organizations and $21,000 in college scholarships.

Lucas has also consistently won while dealing with one of the state's lowest enrollments for a school playing 11-man football.

This past fall Lucas completed his 11th season as the head coach of the Pied Pipers, and has earned a 95-39 record in Hamlin. The Pipers advanced to the state quarterfinals for the second time in Lucas' tenure in 2018.

With a need for a Spanish teacher this school year, Lucas stepped up to fill that role at the high school.

He and his wife Rosie have four children, including Ryne who is the Piper football team's defensive coordinator and the head baseball coach.

Lucas will receive the "Coaching Beyond the Game" award at the foundation's Leadership Summit in San Antonio on February 25, where he will also be a guest speaker along with UIL Athletic Director Dr. Susan Elza, former NFL player and coach Gary Kubiak and UTSA head football coach Frank Wilson.

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