Elizabethton has chosen Lucas Honeycutt as its new boys head basketball coach, the school announced Thursday afternoon.
Honeycutt, 25, was the head coach for the girls team at T.A. Dugger Middle School this past season, leading it to an undefeated record and a sectional championship.
Honeycutt replaces Len Dugger, who moved back to the girls' varsity progam at Elizabethton after filling in as a interim boys coach for most of the 2011-12 season.
Cyclones athletic director Mike Wilson said Honeycutt is wise beyond his years.
“The first time I interviewed Lucas, I got answers you would not expect from someone interviewing for an eighth grade position,” said Wilson. “This was a guy who could have been interviewing for a high school job. He's coached the game and been around the game, and he knows the game.”
Honeycutt has no varsity head coaching experience, but did coach Hampton's junior-varsity team.
“He's a young guy with great maturity and character,” said Wilson. “He's got a quiet strength about him. It's not about Lucas, it's about the kids. His demeanor, knowledge and work ethic set him apart.”
Wilson said he believes Honeycutt can be the solution for a program that will have its fourth coach in four years.
“We had some other applicants who are very good coaches, but we didn't feel they would bring us the stability that a younger guy could,” said Wilson. “We wanted somebody to be here for a long time.”