Lacey head coach Lou Vircillo was honored by the New Jersey Football Coaches Association with the Ray McCrann Lifetime Achievement Award during Monday night’s 40th Phil Simms North-South Football Classic at Kean University.

Lacey head coach Lou Vircillo stands with Phil Simms after receiving the Ray McCrann Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo by Robert Badders/Townsquare Media NJ

Vircillo, the only head coach in Lacey High School history, will enter his 38th season this coming fall with a career record of 282-139-3, the second most wins in Shore Conference history behind Brick’s Warren Wolf. During his time at Lacey, Vircillo has led the Lions to four NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championships, including three undefeated seasons. Lacey went 11-0 in 1989 to win its second consecutive state title and went 12-0 in both 2006 and 2010. Lacey has also won 12 Shore Conference division titles, including six straight Class B South championships from 1988-1993.

Vircillo is a member of the NJFCA Hall of Fame as well as the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame. He played at Tarkio College in Missouri, graduating in 1969 and then worked as an assistant in the football program until 1982. He started his high school coaching career as an assistant at Red Bank Catholic from 1972-1974 and was then the offensive coordinator at Red Bank Regional for the legendary undefeated 1975 state championship team. He became the Bucs’ head coach in 1976 and remained there through the 1980 season before being hired as Lacey’s inaugural head coach in 1981.


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