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Lacey named region coach of the year
S-Lacey coach of the year mug
Jed Lacey - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

For the fourth time in his career, Coach Jed Lacey has been named coach of the year.

The Dawson County High School coach for both the boys and girls soccer programs was named coach of the year on the girls' side for the second time in two seasons.

"It's an honor to be coach of the year because it's a top region," Lacey said. "It's a good region. There's a bunch of good coaches in it. When you get honored by the coaches, your peers, that probably means more to you than anything."

The team is coming off another solid season at 14-3 and 5-1 in region play. The team was region runners-up.

"The girls played hard this year, but we definitely underachieved. We should still be playing," Lacey said.

Anyone who has spent any time around Lacey knows that just because the season ended sooner than he'd like-this year in the first round of the state tournament with a 2-0 loss to Lovett on April 25-soccer isn't over for him.

It never is.

"I could do this 24/7, 365. I am already working on next year," he said. "I work hard. I do what I have to do. I work hard because I love what I'm doing. This is my life."

Though he has coached soccer for 22 years, this life began with the 2008 soccer season at DCHS when he began coaching the boys' team.

Neither the boys nor the girls had a winning season before Lacey's takeover. Now they have never had a losing season.

The boys' program finished at 11-2-4 overall and 5-1 in the region. The team advanced to the state tournament but was eliminated in the first round by Pace Academy.

"I just love doing what I do. I guess you got to have passion and love for the game and I do," he said. "We had success this year. My girls were successful. My boys were successful. It just didn't end the way it was supposed to end."

Lacey was the coach of the year, but a number of his players also earned all-region honors.

On the girls' team, Rachel Rajczak, Ava Walker and Fallan Lacey earned first team honors while Mackenzie Callas, Frankie Muldoon and Taylor Daniel were named to the second team.

Honorable mention for the Lady Tigers went to Ruthie Pittman, Brooke Cagle, Katie Clouse, Lydia Blythe, Mackenzie Kimbral and Devon Coates.

For the boys' program, Dennis Pyetsukh and Cole Dennis made the first team. Tim Moody and Dillon Tierney both received second team honors.

Tyler Glamuzina, Nathan Blythe, Patrick Moody, Nick Murphy, Karson Pharris, Raleigh Payne and Tyler Lawson were all honorable mentions for the all-region squad.

The end of season banquet for both programs will be held on May 16 at Veterans Park where team awards will be given out. With the exception of the Coaches' Award, the honors are voted on by the players.