When I heard that Ray Rook, head football coach for the Del Norte Warriors, had promoted Jeremy Lacy to the position of head coach of the JV football team, I was really pleased.
During my 36 years of coaching football there was never a player that I respected more than Jeremy. Graduating in 1991, Jeremy was truly a multi-sport standout.
He started his Warrior football career as a freshman on the JV team and immediately earned a starting position on both the offense and defense. During his sophomore year he became an important part of the undefeated JV team coached by Louis Nova, again playing both sides of the ball.
When he moved up to the varsity team his outstanding play continued, and he earned a White Star during his junior year, as a first-team member of the Humboldt Del Norte All-League team.
I had the privilege of coaching Jeremy during his junior year and what a treat it was. I really learned what an outstanding person he is, not just an excellent athlete but one with the character that would make any parent proud. Jeremy continued his outstanding play as a senior, again playing for Coach Nova and again winning a White Star.
To illustrate his athletic talents, he was a member of the JV basketball team and as a sophomore was its leading scorer. As a junior he left the hardwood and went to the wrestling mat, where he again won a White Star by winning his weight class. Whatever he tried he was good at it.
I had another chance to coach Jeremy when I was coaching the Wild River Storm in the semi-pro Oregon Football League. Jeremy joined the team and immediately became one of the top linebackers in the league.
Jeremy is a confident but humble man with excellent ability to communicate with young people. He has already demonstrated his coaching skill working as an assistant football and wrestling coach, and he will only get better.
He has big shoes to fill following long-time coach Steve Luis and Nat Parrot, but Jeremy has big feet, he will do a great job.
Jeremy is married with a great family and works at Pelican Bay. We can look forward to a lot of years with this talented young man.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was football head coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.