SAMOHI — Norm Lacy, Santa Monica High School’s athletic director, passed away on Saturday, school officials and friends said.

The cause of death was due to a heart attack, according to a number of sources associated with the school.

“Just terrible,” Samohi softball Head Coach Debbie Skaggs said. “This is very devastating for the student body, the faculty and the administration,”

Skaggs, who has known Lacy since she started at the school 24 years ago, said that he will be honored before the softball team’s semi-final playoff game on Tuesday. She said that there will be a moment of silence before the team takes the Samohi field. The ceremony is slated to begin before the team’s 3:15 p.m. game.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we play the game,” Skaggs said,

Lacy, who won two California Interscholastic Federation football titles with Samohi, also spent time across town at St. Monica, where he led the Mariners to a CIF title as well.

“I haven’t shed tears like this in a long time,” said Tony Todd, an assistant baseball coach at Samohi.

Todd played for Lacy during the early 1980s, helping the Vikings win a CIF title.

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