Norm Lacy, Santa Monica High’s athletic director and former championship football coach, suffered several injuries in a fall from a ladder at school Thursday, September 6.
Lacy spent the weekend at UCLA Medical Center and did not accept visitors. According to campus sources, he suffered three broken ribs, a punctured lung and possibly other injuries.
“It was scary,” said Zach Cuda, Samohi’s head varsity football coach. “Our freshman team had a 2:30 game and Norm climbed the ladder trying to open a trap door to set up a cameraman to film the game, As I understand it the ladder slipped and he fell about 10 to 15 feet.
“I didn’t see it but word spread about what happened. The paramedics arrived and, needless to say, our players were distracted as they started the game.”
On Friday night at Corsair Field Lacy wasn’t present for the debut of Samohi’s varsity in its game against Hueneme, and friends who didn’t know about the accident inquired about his whereabouts. None could recall the last time he’d missed a Samohi football game.
Lacy won CIF championships at both St. Monica High and Santa Monica High. He retired from football coaching four years ago but continued to coach the Samohi golf team.
When Doug Kim gave up the athletic director position a year ago Lacy accepted the job – at first on an interim basis, then full-time. He has the task of hiring a baseball coach following the departure of Kevin Brockway to West Los Angeles College as an assistant.