Lake Norman boys lacrosse coach James Brugger is one of two named Section 3 Coach of the Year for 2017-18 by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
For the last three seasons, Brugger’s Wildcats have appeared in the 4A state championship match. While the Wildcats fell to Cardinal Gibbons in close fashion in 2016 and lost to Middle Creek in 2017, Lake Norman stormed from behind in the closing minutes of the 2018 4A Finals, shocking Middle Creek with a 13-11 victory to claim the state championship.
The win was the school’s second state championship in boys lacrosse and capped off a 22-2 season.
The other winner was Tarboro football coach Jeff Craddock.
NFHS partners with the NCHSAA to recognize coaches of the year for the State of North Carolina, for the Southeastern Region, known as Section 3 within the NFHS and national coaches of the year in each sport.