The face of high school football in Bellingham took a dramatic turn on Friday, May 16, when Bellingham and Squalicum announced the names of the men who will be leading their programs.
While the Red Raiders stayed close to home to select former Squalicum assistant coach Ted Flint, the Storm went north of the border to recruit former Simon Fraser University offensive coordinator Nick Lucey.
Before spending 2013 at Simon Fraser, Lucey served as a the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at NCAA Division II Western New Mexico University and as a graduate assistant at Washington State under former coach Bill Doba from 2006-10, according to a press release detailing the hires. Lucey also served as academic success coordinator while at Simon Fraser and WNMU.
Lucey is the son of legendary coach Bob Lucey, who coached 31 seasons coaching at Curtis High School in Tacoma and led the Vikings to four Class 3A state titles. Nick got his start coaching at Curtis, and he was an assistant coach on the 2005 state championship squad at Pullman while attending graduate school at Washington State.
Lucey has been hired as a health and physical education teacher at Squalicum and will begin teaching in the fall.
While Lucey will be new to Whatcom County, Flint is well known in coaching circles and will bring a wealth of high school head coaching experience to Bellingham.
Flint served as Sehome's head coach from 1998 to 2000 and at Eastmont High School from 2000-04. He was selected Coach of the Year in the Wesco in 1999 and the Class 3A Mid-Valley League in 2000.
Though he was an assistant with Squalicum's football team under former Storm coach Reed Richardson, Flint has most recently been a head track coach at the school, leading the successful Storm programs in 2006 and 2010-12. He also led Sehome from 1991 to 2000. He was selected the Class 4A Wesco Boys' Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1997 and the Girls' Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1999. He was also selected the Northwest Conference Girls' Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Flint will continue to teach morning science classes at Squalicum and will teach afternoon physical education courses at Bellingham.
Flint takes over for Steve Wilson, who the Red Raiders to a 1-19 record the past two seasons.
Lucey replaces Richardson, who coached the Storm to a 39-43 record and three appearances in the Class 2A Northwest District Playoffs over the past eight seasons.