Pete Lucas, the Crook County High School head wrestling coach, has resigned from his position at the helm of the Cowboy squad, it was announced in a press release from the Crook County School District Friday.
>District says it will immediately begin searching for a coach to succeed Lucas
Accoording to the statement, Lucas, who was already suspended following a weight-card incident uncovered at the IMC district tournament in early February, provided no reasons for his action.
"We appreciate the work that Mr. Lucas has done in developing the Crook County Wrestling program and, we understand that this was undoubtedly a difficult decision for him," stated District Superintendent Gary Peterson. "However, in view of the on-going investigation and probable sanctions by the Oregon School Activities Association, we believe this decision is in the best interest of the program and our student-athletes. The District does not intend to rehire Mr. Lucas as head wrestling coach, or in any other coaching capacity, in the forseeable future."
Peterson went on to explain that the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
"We have an outstanding wrestling program here in Crook County and it is our intent to hire the highest quality coach possible," he said.
As a result of the weight-card incident, in which the majority of Crook County wrestlers did not have the properly signed weight cards to be elgible for the season, members of the OSAA will meet in Wilsonville May 7, to discuss the topic further.
For more details on this story, look for the article in the sports section of the Central Oregonian, March 20.