The son of former Alexander Central Football coach Chris Deal is developing into a prized recruit while playing high school football. Luke Deal is a junior tight end for the Emerald High School Vikings of Greenwood, South Carolina. Deal has been offered a scholarship to play for North Carolina State.
Chris Deal was the coach of the Cougars from 2001 through 2006. Luke was born while the Deal family was living in Alexander County. Chris Deal is an assistant coach at Emerald and is the defensive coordinator under former Freedom head coach Tim McMahon.
While coaching at Alexander Central, Deal built the program winning 2 games in 2001, 3 games in 2002, 4 in 2003, 7 wins in 2004 and 2005, and a 9-4 record in 2006. He left Taylorsville to become head coach at Lexington High where the Yellow Jackets made it to the regional 2A finals in 2009.