Santa Monica High School Athletic Director Norm Lacy, who coached football teams to CIF Southern Section championships at Santa Monica and St. Monica high schools has died. He was 56.

Lacy, who served as Santa Monica High athletic director for four years, died of a heart attack Saturday, May 29th, Principal Hugo Pedroza said.

Lacy was an integral part of Samohi, where he began his career in 1977 and had a long history with athletics, Pedroza said.

As head football coach, he guided the Vikings to a CIF title in 2001, and also coached golf. He earned another CIF championship as football coach at St. Monica High in 1998.

In addition to his coaching duties, Lacy taught physical education.

Pedroza said grief counselors have been provided on campus for faculty, staff and students who seek support. The community has shown an amazing outpouring of support for Lacy, he said.

“Lacy’s entire professional life was dedicated to helping every one of our students reach unimaginable levels of athletic, academic and personal excellence,” Pedroza said in a letter to district employees. “Coach Lacy is going down in Samohi’s history as an icon whose legacy will inspire many to do and be nothing but the best. We will miss him dearly. I know I already do.”

A memorial service for Lacy was scheduled June 2nd at St. Monica Catholic Church. Santa Monica High is also planning a memorial at a later date.