About Andrew Lacey
Currently, I am in my third year as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Varina High School in Richmond, Virginia. In 10 seasons as a men’s and women’s head coach, I have amassed over 115 career wins, started a program from the ground up, turned around two struggling programs, and used my knowledge as a collegiate player to better each athlete I coach.
My coaching career began at Washington and Lee High School (1A) located in Montross, Virginia in 2005, where the Eagles’ squads thrived under my leadership. During my second year there, the program finished with a 16-4 record, which was the best record in the past five years. After two years at Washington and Lee, I left to break ground with the opening of Skyline High School, which was a 2A school in Front Royal, Virginia in 2007.
At Skyline, I was challenged with starting a program from the ground up. The Lady Hawks went 7-15 during my first season. However, during the second season of being open, the Lady Hawks went 13-13, the county’s best record in 28 years of women’s basketball in Warren County. The team finished as the Northwestern District Tournament Runner-Up, earning a trip to the Virginia AA Region II Tournament; this was the first women’s basketball team from Warren County to qualify for the Virginia High School League Region II Tournament since 1981.
In 2009, I was offered the Head Women’s Basketball Coach position at North Stafford High School (AAA) located in Stafford, VA. While there, I embarked on the challenge to rebuild the school’s program. The Lady Wolverines finished fourth in an eight team district in two seasons under my leadership.
During the summer of 2011, I made the transition from women’s basketball to men’s basketball by becoming the Head Men’s Basketball coach at Pinecrest High School (4A) in Southern Pines, North Carolina. During my second season; the Patriots opened strong with a 7-2 record in 2012, ultimately finished the season 15-10 overall and 5-5 in the conference (3rd place). Although the Patriots lost (65-60) in the first round of the NCHSAA 4A State Tournament, the highlight of the season was capturing the 2012 Berwick Area High School (Berwick, PA) Tip-Off Tournament Championship.
In 2013, I took on another challenge of rebuilding another program in Virginia. Just finishing my third season as the Head Coach at Varina High School. In just three years under my leadership, we managed to win the 2015 Conference 3 and 2016 Conference 12 Championships back after finishing in my first season. In addition to that, we qualified for the regional tournament in both of those years. I had the honor of being named Conference 3 Coach of Year as well as Varina High School Athletic Department Coach of Year.
During my off season, I work at various campus at colleges and universities throughout Virginia and North Carolina throughout the summer. In the summer of 2013, I became a Five Star Basketball Skills instructor, as well as a contributor for national coaching site that is hosted by Fast Model Technologies. I am the founder of Andrew Lacey Basketball Academy, which strives to teach today’s youth character and life skills in coordination with basketball techniques, and had a record-breaking 110 campers in June 2012. In September 2014, I published an article called “Using Ball Screens in the Motion Offense”in Winning Hoops Magazine.