November 19, 2008
Lucero named November Student of the Month
respected as a student-athlete at Cowley College, William (Willy) Lucero
was recently named the school’s November Student of the Month.
Lucero, a sophomore education major from Mayetta, is the son of Jim and Kathy Lucero. Grandparents are, William and Angie Lucero of Topeka, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Cousins.
He has two older brothers, James 25, and Andrew 22, and a sister, Michãel.
At Cowley, he is a Student Ambassador, Cowley Orientation Captain, Resident Dorm Assistant, Intramural referee and a member of the track and field team.
Lucero was honored to be named the school’s November Student of the Month.
“It means a lot to me because not many people get to be Student of the Month,” Lucero said.
Lucero came to Cowley from Royal Valley High School, where he was a member of the Honor Roll and was awarded the Joel Barta Memorial Scholarship. He also excelled in athletics as he was the state champion and school-record holder in the pole vault and was a three-time state qualifier in wrestling.
His high school pole vault coach, Steve Hardesty, recommended he take a look at Cowley College.
“I wanted to compete in athletics in college and I heard from my high school track coach that Cowley was a good school,” Lucero said. “I never thought I would be at a junior college but I love it at Cowley. It’s a great place to come to school.”
As a freshman at Cowley, he was a member of the Tigers’ conference winning indoor and outdoor track and field teams. He helped the Tigers place eighth at the national indoor and 11th at the national outdoor championships.
He was the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division/Region VI runner-up in the pole vault during the outdoor season and placed fourth in the pole vault at the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships.
Lucero has a personal best vault of 15-4, but hopes to break Brandon Banda’s school-record of 16-0 3/4. He not only wants to break Banda’s record, he hopes to vault 16-9 before his time at Cowley is over.
“It’s fun to see what you can do and how you can push yourself to accomplish your goals,” Lucero said. “I hope to help the team as much as I can and place as high as I can at the meets.”
Cowley head track and field coach Mark Phillips has enjoyed coaching Lucero.
“Willy is one of those special kids, he’s a hard working, responsible kid that is wonderful to work with,” Phillips said. “He’s one of those young people you wish your whole team was made of.”
Phillips is expecting big things from Lucero, who is the top-returning vaulter in the Region VI and Jayhawk East.
“I believe his lofty goals are quite attainable,” Phillips said. “If he can continue with what he did at the end of last year, absolutely he will break the school record.”
After Cowley he plans to go to a four-year university and continue his pole-vaulting career.
“I will go anywhere,” Lucero said. “I plan on doing what I can in track this year and then see what happens.”
Lucero would like to someday coach wrestling or the pole vault.
“I have always wanted to be a coach and I knew you had to be a teacher in order to do that,” Lucero said. “I have always had a great deal of respect for my teachers and think it would be fun to coach and teach students.”
He also has thoughts of possibly being an athletic trainer or physical therapist.
The most influential people to Lucero have been his father, Jim, his middle school/high school pole vault coach Steve Hardesty, his high school wrestling coach John James, and Cowley track and field coach Mark Phillips.
“They have all taught me a lot,” Lucero said.
With a bright future ahead of him, Lucero is not looking forward to his time at Cowley to come to an end.
“It’s been amazing here at Cowley,” Lucero said. “When I first came here I just wanted to get out of here, now I want to stay and wish it were a four-year school.”