Former Asheboro AD takes conference role

ASHEBORO – Steve Luck didn’t stay away from high school athletics for long.

The former Asheboro High School athletics director is the new commissioner of the Mid-Piedmont Conference.

“Those ADs in the Mid-Piedmont know me and I know them,” Luck said. “I’m working with six ADs and those guys are good at what they do.”

Luck replaces long-time commissioner Charlie Chapman, who reduced his workload and yet remains commissioner of the Piedmont Athletic Conference.

Luck retired from Asheboro in the spring. Yet he remained an interested observer of the Blue Comets as his son, sophomore Ben Luck, is a participant in the football, basketball and baseball programs.

“It’s a way to stay involved,” Steve Luck said. “I’ll jump right in.”

With roles in two conferences it became a juggling act for Chapman, particularly near the end of a sports season when all-conference selections were being made, league tournaments taking place and state playoffs approaching. He said this should lessen his workload.

Chapman is a long-time coach at Southwestern Randolph, which is a PAC member. He’s an assistant coach for football and softball at the school.

Chapman has aided in the transition. He said he can serve as a consultant to Luck.

“With Charlie’s tutelage, I think I’ll be OK,” Luck said.

Because of his recent role with Asheboro, Luck said he’s familiar with the scheduling models used in the Mid-Piedmont Conference.

Asheboro’s volleyball team went on a recent pause because of COVD-19 cases. Luck said he’s not aware of any similar issues impacting any other teams within the Mid-Piedmont Conference.

“As long as they get the conference (competitions) in, that’s what matters,” Luck said.

Luck, a 1985 Asheboro graduate, is also involved with the organization of a youth football program in Asheboro. The grassroots program fields teams in 6-and-under, 8-and-under and 10-and-under divisions, something he said he hopes can build a stronger foundation for the sport in the city. He sees those teams serving as a feeder program for the teams in the school district.

By Bob Sutton