Lusk resigns as UVa-Wise football head coach

Coach Dewey Lusk has resigned his position as head coach of the UVa-Wise Highland Cavalier football team.

Lusk’s resignation is effective immediately and he and his coaching staff will not return to UVa-Wise for the 2016 season. Lusk announced his resignation on Sunday, Nov. 15, ending a five-year run at the helm of the UVa-Wise program.

“We appreciate Dewey’s commitment to Cavalier football during his time as an assistant and as head coach,” Director of Athletics Danny Sterling said.

The search for the fourth head coach in the history of the program will begin immediately.

“We will work with Parker Executive Search to conduct a national search,” Sterling said.  “Our goal is to find the best possible candidate to lead UVa-Wise football into the future.”

“I have great personal respect for Coach Lusk and all he has done for UVa-Wise,” Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “We’ve had our successes on and off the field, and his achievements helped move the Highland Cavaliers from NAIA competition to an NCAA Division II program. This season has been difficult, and I support Coach Lusk’s decision to resign now so our program can begin planning for the future.”

Henry said the Atlanta-based search firm has a solid reputation for conducting extensive national searches in short periods of time. UVa-Wise officials hope to have a new head coach in place by January so spring practices, recruitment, and other tasks related to the NCAA Division II football program can continue moving forward.

From the UVa-Wise Athletic Department.

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