Luck retires from roles at AHS

ASHEBORO — Steve Luck has retired as athletics director and a teacher from Asheboro High School, where he served in various roles for nearly 25 years.

He became the AD in 2013.

“The thing that I’m proud of the most is the work in the classroom,” Luck said. “That’s what paid the bills.”

He stepped aside at the end of April. The following week, he began a job as a maintenance manager for Source Properties.

“It was a good run,” he said. 

Wrestling coach Wes Berrier will formally become the AD this summer.

Luck, a 1985 AHS graduate, attended North Carolina State, spent four years in active duty with the Air Force and two years in the reserves. Aside from a degree from N.C. State, he later earned a master’s degree related to administrative work from High Point University.

Luck spent from 1993-98 at Lee County, serving on football and wrestling staffs. Then he took a teaching job at AHS in 1998.

“When I graduated from AHS, I never thought I would return,” he said.

Mike Warren, who was principal at AHS, offered him a position and he ended up sticking around. He became Asheboro’s cross country and wrestling coach and also served stints in the baseball program as junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach.

He’ll continue to be on the scene in many ways. The youngest of his three sons, Ben Luck, is finishing his freshman year at the school, where he plays basketball and baseball.

Steve Luck said his teaching position in American history was vital because “it helped me manage my time a little better” in relationship to the AD responsibilities. He said with growing sports offerings at the school it pulled his commitments in various directions.

He said his wife, Mary, supported his coaching and AD roles, putting up with late-night arrivals home and him being away on many weekends.

Luck was particularly fond of the relationship with the City of Asheboro, which he said is critical to assisting the school system. He thanked the city council during a meeting last week.

That connection to the city has been especially important this school year as renovation projects on campus has meant that many of the teams have held competitions and practices at various venues in the city.

“I don’t know of another city that helps out their high school the way that Asheboro does,” Luck said. “It has been very tough this year and the way the city helped has been fantastic for the school.”

By Bob Sutton