After serving as an assistant for the past decade, Smith will now take the reins at Waynesville for the wrestling program

WAYNESVILLE — The Waynesville R-VI school district has named Lucas Smith as the varsity wrestling coach at Waynesville High School following Monday night's school board meeting.

Smith will replace Cory Smith, who coached the squad last year. Ace is taking the job as assistant principle at Waynesville.

Smith has served as the Waynesville Middle School head wrestling coach from 2004 to 2010 and has been the varsity assistant coach from 2004. During his tenure he has helped coach seven Ozark Conference champion teams, five state champion wrestlers and numerous state medalists.

Waynesville Athletic Director Josh Scott said having a familiar face coaching the Tiger wrestlers will help ease the transition.

“For the past decade Coach Smith has been an integral part of Waynesville wrestling,” Scott said. “The wrestlers respect his leadership style and the fact that he has been willing to do what the program needed to be successful. Coach Smith knows what it takes to compete at a national level and more importantly he knows how to coach student athletes to wrestle to their potential.”

Smith is a Lindenwood University graduate. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in educational administration.

He began wrestling when he was 8-years-old and continued through high school and all four years of college. He was a member of the National Championship Team in 2002 at Lindenwood and was a national qualifier in 2002.

“His personal success and tenacious personality will be invaluable as we work to continue fighting for a state trophy,” Scott said. “His quiet style will be very different from what we have been used to, but I am confident his results will impress the students and community.”