has announced the hiring of Terry Luck as the director of the Junior Patriots football program and the quarterbacks coach for the varsity football team. Luck played quarterback at the University of Nebraska and had professional stints with the Cleveland Browns and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
“We are blessed to have the opportunity to add a coach with the experience and knowledge of Terry Luck to our staff. He is not only a great coach, but a great role model for our young men. I am excited that he will not only be working with our varsity football team, but he will also be serving as the Director of our Junior Patriot football program,” said Pisgah’s head football coach and Athletics Director Doug Dixon.
The Junior Patriot football program offers opportunities for children to learn and play the game of football. Flag football teams are offered for those in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Tackle football teams are available for third, fourth and fifth grade students. This program is open to the community and you do not have to be a Pisgah student to play. Registration is still open and more information can be found at www.patriotcommunitysports.com.
“The Junior Patriots program is an excellent way to get kids involved with our school. They have a chance to grow, make friends and have fun. Athletics is the very best way for kids to learn about life and who they are in Christ,” said Luck. “I'm looking forward to being a part of this. I feel my experience in both athletics and the business world has equipped me to bring a great deal of experience to our program. Plus, I love kids and want to see them succeed!”
Luck continued, “I have always had a great deal of respect for the school, its leadership and its athletic programs. I have also kept in contact with both Coach [Doug] Dixon and Coach [Marc] Felice over the years. They have been good friends and a source of encouragement."
As a player, Luck came off the bench to lead Nebraska to a 13-10 win over Florida in the 1974 Sugar Bowl. In 1975 he was named team captain and passed for 644 yards and seven touchdowns for the Cornhuskers. He closed his collegiate career in the 1975 Fiesta Bowl.
After his collegiate career, Luck played professionally with the Cleveland Browns in 1977. He appeared in four games, throwing for 316 yards and one touchdown. Luck spent the 1978 season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.
Luck has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at North Cobb Christian. Previously he served as the head football coach and Athletics Director at Fellowship Christian for two seasons. He also has coaching experience as the head coach of the Freshman Football team at Washington State University (1976) and as a Graduate Assistant at North Texas State University (1977). At North Texas Luck worked for legendary head coaches Hayden Fry (Iowa) and Bill Snyder (Kansas State).
A native of Fayetteville, NC, Luck was inducted into the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame in 2008.
Luck will join new offensive coordinator Caleb Perry to help overhaul the Patriot offensive attack. Perry comes to Pisgah from Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Arkansas. During his time at Shiloh the Saints were the 2009 National Private School Athletic Association Football National Champions; the 2006, 2008 and 2009 Arkansas Athletic Association football State Champions; and the 2007 Arkansas state runners-up.
The program has also added Mike Forester as the new defensive coordinator. Forester coached for 19 years at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Alabama. A 5A school in the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Forester helped lead Briarwood to three state championships (1998, 1999 and 2003), as well as two state runners-up finishes (2007 and 2010).
The Patriots open their season on Friday, Aug. 24, against Mount Vernon.