Joe Luce sees this as a team effort.
The Richmond boys basketball coach was named Coach of the Year for the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Indiana Boys Basketball Team. The award, announced by USA Today on Thursday, was a humbling but exciting honor for the leader of the Red Devils’ basketball program.
“The thing about being part of a great team is there are individual honors that come with it. This is another example of what the success of our program over the six years, and great success we had this year, can do for an individual,” Luce said.
Richmond finished 26-4 this season, the second best record in program history. The Red Devils repeated as both North Central Conference and Class 4A sectional champions, and earned their first regional title since 1992.
Luce has led RHS since 2009, and is 117-33 with the program. He is 270-112 overall in 16 seasons as a head coach.
“It’s a great recognition for coach Luce and the hard work that he’s done through the year, but also a great recognition for our team and our community as a whole,” said RHS athletic director Frank Carr.
Ten players were named to the team, including Indiana Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan of Class 4A state champion Homestead.
Joining Swanigan on the First Team are Jalen Coleman ( La Lumiere), Hyron Edwards (East Chicago Central), Ryan Cline (Carmel) and Ryan Fazekas (Marquette Catholic).
Tahjai Teague (Pike), Derrik Smits (Zionsville), Matt Holba (Guerin Catholic), K.J. Walton (Brownsburg) and Grant Weatherford (Hamilton Heights) comprised the Second Team.
Richmond defeated Pike and Brownsburg to win the Southport regional and advance to semistate for the first time in 23 years.
“It is humbling and a great honor to be recognized,” Luce said. “It is nice to have the success that our team accomplished this year and to be highlighted at that level. It does bring some good attention to our kids, our assistant coaches and our school in general.
“I’m just really proud of our coaching staff. Our players are extremely blessed to have a great coaching staff with assistants who work so hard. I’m just fortunate to have those guys helping every day, and no coach can accomplish anything without great players.”
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