The Naismith Coach of the Year followed Dad's footsteps — not advice
Remember when Quincy Lewis played for the Jazz? Wasn't he drafted the same
year as Kirilenko and Scott Padgett?
Congrats to Lewis. I wonder if anyone realizes how little these high school
coaches get paid. They get their teacher's salary and a couple of thousand
per year extra for the coaching. That likely works out to about $5 an hour at
best. Hats off to all of the high school coaches who are doing it for the kids
and not for the money. That said, how long before Q. Lew will be hired at a good
salary and bonus by a D-1 school? Enjoy Q. Lew while you've got him Lone
I'm guessing the BYU job is his when Dave Rose decides to retire.
HA.....my grandma could coach those teams to championships...and dont give me
the crap, that its harder to coach a talented team to win a championship...not
in todays game. lets see him coach milford, or union, or delta to
championships, THEN i will gladly bow down and worship him. hes got a nice
pipeline of players in the richest area of the state.....go, fight, win
My son played Jr Jazz with his son last year and I was pleasantly surprised that
Lewis would show up at practice and never interfered with the coach, he just let
him coach the kids and stood off to the side smiling. It was obvious that his
son was good but the kid was very grounded too, not in your face about being
good. Very refreshing to see in the competitive world we live in today.
I saw Coach Lewis another day at his son's first grade classroom. He is a
great guy in a average day. This is a reward for a passionate and hard-working
and talented high school basketball coach. Very well done indeed Coach Lewis.
Coach Lewis is the man, he was also inducted to the Wagner basketball hall of
fame. He knows more than just X's and O's. He gets to his players and
and teaches them more than just how to play the game in the right way. This
award is well deserved.
Good article! Let's hope Lewis doesn't get run out of town and a job
similar to other "parental-induced" moves with other coaches at Lone
Peak and Timpview.
Just waiting to see what university this excellent coach is going to.
Give any coach those players and they would be at the same spot. He won't
ever be at a university. Thats the funniest thing I've ever heard. Im not
saying he isn't good, but don't give him all the credit. 90 percent
players 10 to the coach.
markymark:Coaches make a far bigger difference than you think.
It's more like 50/50, in my opinion. I think the coach does get a big share
of the credit. I also think he will be at a university, if he chooses to go to
that level. I have talked with the players and former players and even they will
tell you how important Coach Lewis is to their success. Six state titles in
eight years is no happenstance of the players coming through.
I wouldn't be wagering too much money on your statement of, "
won't ever." He has already been an assistant at 2 4-year
college's. I think it was last year or the year before that the paper said
he was interviewing and then turned down the lead assistant coach position at
BYU-Hawaii. The article said the head coach was also planning on returing in a
couple of years. He'll be coaching at a good university, assistant or head
coach in the future if that's what he wants. You're right that his
players are good but he is also THAT good.
Overseer:I think Coach Lewis created the environment where your
Grandma could coach that team to the state title. He put in the work, he
required commitment out of the players, and Lone Peak attracts families who want
a great athletic and academic experience. He has benefitted from this obviously
but he created that environment in the first place.
From outsiders who have seen his practices, and seen what he does with the team
for development; it has been noted that he is far beyond the norm. Also, UNLESS
you have actually been in his shoes, I don't think it is fair or worthwhile
to say that he is less of a coach than others or that they are better than him
due to circumstances. As a side note, his first year at Lone Peak his team was
expected to take LAST in region, they took FIRST, and finished with a 21-1
record. There is more to it than just great players; it is a combination.