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After four years of military service in the Marine Corps, Lucas Spriggs attended Southern Illinois University, graduating magna cum laude with a major in English education and a minor in speech communication education. He has been teaching English at Belleville West High School since 2008, and coaching the chess club since 2013. He earned his master's degree in education administration from Lindenwood University in 2017. He began volunteering for the Gateway Chess League in 2023. He lives in Belleville Illinois with his wife and three children.