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McQueen High athletic director Lucas Weber breaks down Nevada, McQueen coaching moves

Lucas Weber
Lucas Weber played for Nevada football for six seasons before returning to his alma mater McQueen, where he is the Lancers' athletic director. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

After a six-year football career at Nevada, former Wolf Pack linebacker Lucas Weber has returned to his roots, now serving as a teacher and athletic director at McQueen High, his alma mater.

It's a move that even surprised himself.

"My wife was actually the one to push me," Weber said on Tuesday's NSN Daily. "She' said, 'I think you might like teaching,' and I've never thought about it before. So I got into it, did my first semester in secondary education and Masters and loved it. I did my internship, and that's when I really fell in love with wanting to be a teacher."

One of the biggest tasks Weber will have in his young career at McQueen is replacing Lancers football coach Jim Snelling, who retired after 13 years as the team's head coach and 24 years in the program. Weber will hire just the third head football coach in McQueen's almost 40-year history.

"It's given me a tough process," Weber said. "We've had two head coaches at McQueen in the last 40 years, and it's really tough. Snelling is going to be somebody I'm going to lean on pretty heavily. We've got some people internally. We'll start the first look at our assistant coaches, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and see if there's interest, which there definitely is. Then after that interview process, if we need to, we would go externally from there and see who is the right candidate."

Weber played under two coaches at Nevada, beginning his career as a walk-on running back under Brian Polian before becoming a starting scholarship linebacker later in his career under Jay Norvell, who recently left Nevada for the same position at Colorado State.

"I've seen things on both sides, but I get it," Weber said. "He built something great and special here at Nevada, and I really care about him as a coach. He taught me a lot. The money's better, and it's something special he can do for his family, for him. So realistically, I get it. I don't fault him for it. There's been complaints on either side, but ultimately it's his decision. I think it's a great decision for him."

Weber also is excited for the Wolf Pack's new head coach, Ken Wilson, who lived in Northern Nevada for almost 25 years before spending the last nine coaching the Pac-12.

"Our dean of students at McQueen, Carl LaGrone, played under Wilson," Weber said. "He said he's so happy for where the program is going now. He's such a players' coach. He cares so much about the guys. I really trust LaGrone's opinion. I played with Wilson's son, too (Tyler Wilson). I leaned on what other people are saying, people I trust, who played Nevada football and they're stoked about it."

You can watch Lucas Weber's full NSN Daily interview below.

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