GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The readers have spoken … and this Wolverine topped all the Buckeyes and Mountaineers in the area in a pair of separate categories.
Corey Luce — who originally hails from Quincy, Michigan — has been selected as the Best Coach and Best Teacher in the Ohio Valley Publishing area during the 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Luce is beginning his 10th year as a school teacher at Green Elementary in the Gallipolis City School District, where he has spent the last six years teaching second grade. Luce also taught first grade in his first few years with the district.
Luce has also served as head coach of the GAHS varsity golf program from 2008 until 2012, where his Blue Devils accumulated an unbeaten regular season, a league title, a sectional title, five straight district appearances and a third place team finish at the 2011 OHSAA Division II championships.
Luce has also served as a varsity assistant to Rich Corvin’s baseball program since coming to the school district in the fall of 2004. The Blue Devils have posted consecutive 20-win seasons over the last two years and won four SEOAL titles — including a school-best three straight — during that span.
With all of his personal accolades, Luce was humbled to hear of his selections by the tri-county region.
“It’s an honor, a privilege and definitely a surprise to be voted best coach and best teacher in the tri-county area,” Luce said. “I’d like to thank those who voted for me. I believe it’s a blessing to be considered among all the other worthy recipients, and there are probably much more deserving teachers and coaches in the tri-county area.”
Luce was a member of a state baseball championship as a player at Quincy High School, where he graduated in 1998. Luce then attended Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he played baseball for three years before transferring to the University of Charleston to finish his baseball career.
Upon graduating from UC in 2004, he went to work at Green Elementary and has been in the area ever since. He also completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati in 2010.
Luce — who stepped down as GAHS golf coach this fall — has always been passionate about what he does, whether it be in the classroom or in the sports world.
He demands respect, he emphasizes details and strives for making people responsible. He also believes that his passion goes a long way in making a real difference for the next generation.
“Having the opportunity to teach younger students at the elementary level, while coaching the older high school students in sports, I feel like I have the best of both worlds. My hope is to provide a role model for all the students I come in contact with,” Luce said. “Teaching them the importance of honesty, respect, and integrity is a goal I strive for each day. If students and student-athletes work hard, are respectful, and follow through with the task at hand, I believe they have the learned the skills necessary to become respected, successful adults.”
Corey and his wife Cara are expecting twins in November and reside in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Editor’s Note: Look for other Reader’s Choice winners from the Ohio Valley area inside on C1 and in the Friday, August 30 edition of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Point Pleasant Register and The Daily Sentinel.