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The Naismith Coach of the Year followed Dad's footsteps — not advice

Published: Wednesday, March 6 2013 8:09 a.m. MST

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Mount Olympus
Salt Lake, UT

Remember when Quincy Lewis played for the Jazz? Wasn't he drafted the same year as Kirilenko and Scott Padgett?

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

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 Peak.

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm guessing the BYU job is his when Dave Rose decides to retire.

Overseer
Hurricane, UT

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

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

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.

Red Pepper Hot Pepper
Cedar Hills, UT

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. Congratulations!

gamer
PROVO, UT

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.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

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.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Just waiting to see what university this excellent coach is going to.

markymark
HERRIMAN, UT

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.

utahcrawla
Cedar Hills, UT

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.

Ville
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

eagle
Provo, UT

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.

Runner11
Corvallis, OR

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.

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