There’s a new athletic director at Lincoln Charter School. Kim Lusk relocated to North Carolina from New York when her husband, Jim was hired as the head golf pro at Verdict Ridge Country Club. Lusk brings with her experience as an assistant athletic director, head women’s basketball coach and sports information director all at the college level, St. Thomas Aquinas College. She holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in sports management.
“My background has been at the college level,” she said. “I’ve been a division two women’s basketball coach. At the division two level you must take on other roles to be full time, so I’ve been an athletic administrator at that level for the past 15-16 years. I’ve had experience in all of the ins and outs of what it takes to run an athletic department.”
Running an athletic department takes a lot of time management skills, Lusk added.
“There’s a lot of scheduling, organization of your coaches, your teams, and keeping track of all the things that they need in order to have their seasons up and running properly,” she said. “The mentoring part of it is what I like best.”
Lusk has coached college and youth teams in the past. She plans to continue to act as a volunteer coach in the community.
“We’d looked at other jobs and had become familiar with this area and it was something that we’d always talked about as a family,” she said. “We didn’t know when the time was going to be right, but when these jobs came up, everything seemed to come together.”
For the upcoming year, Lusk’s plans are to make sure Lincoln Charter Schools continues in its winning ways.
“We’re excited to get our student athletes out and competing,” she said. “We want to continue with the success that they’ve had here and want to make sure they have all the resources they need to be successful.”
Lusk’s numerous accomplishments include
- Two NCAA Tournament Appearances
- 216 of 283 career wins while at STAC
- 12 out of 13 ECC Post Season Appearances
- Three Regular Season Championships (2020, 2019, 2011)
- One ECC Tournament Championship (2018)
- Three-time Metropolitan Basketball Writers DII Coach of the Year (2019, 2018, 2011)
- BCANY Coach of the Year (2018)
- Three-time ECC Coach of the Year (2020, 2019, 2011)
- Rockland Economic Development Cooperation Forty Under 40 Recipient (2011)
- Coached two Met Writers and three ECC Player of the Year Recipients, four Defensive Players of the Year
- Coached two ECC Rookie of the Year Winners
- Coached Numerous ECC All Conference Award Winners
- Four-time WBCA Division II Top 25 Team GPA, Including #1 in 2009
Prior to STAC, Lusk served as senior women's administrator and head women's basketball coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology. During her first four years as the head coach, the program was a Division II member of the Central Atlantic Conference. In those years, Lusk produced 63 wins, making her the programs winningest coach. Lusk was a four-year point guard and two-year captain at Southern Connecticut State University, graduating in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She broke the Owls school record for assists in a game (15) as a junior and was named to the New England All-Conference team her junior and senior year.
Lusk has four children - Madison (16), Kallie (15), Jackson (9) and Justin (5).