High School Baseball

Woodford County's Jay Lucas retires as baseball coach after 20 years

Woodford County girls' head coach Jay Lucas coaches his team against Lexington Christian in the first half of Saturday afternoon's semi-final game of the 2005 KHSAA 11th region girls basketball tournament at McBrayer Arena in Richmond, Ky.  LCA won 59-52.
Woodford County girls' head coach Jay Lucas coaches his team against Lexington Christian in the first half of Saturday afternoon's semi-final game of the 2005 KHSAA 11th region girls basketball tournament at McBrayer Arena in Richmond, Ky. LCA won 59-52. Lexington Herald-Leader

Jay Lucas has retired as Woodford County's baseball coach after leading the Yellowjackets to more than 400 wins over the last 20 years.

Lucas, who'll turn 50 in November, said it was time to lighten his schedule and spend more time with his family.

Lucas will continue to coach Woodford County girls' high school and middle school basketball, which he's done since the early 1980s. He's been the high school head coach the last 15 years.

"I've been coaching year-round for 28 years — middle school basketball in the fall, high school basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring," he said. "I needed to drop one of the three, and decided it'd be baseball."

Lucas had a career baseball record of 410-282, and led Woodford County to the region tournament 16 out of 20 years. He was inducted into the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame this year.

"It was a good run and a lot of fun," he said.

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