The past 12 years, Mike Lewis has coached one sport or another in the fall, winter and spring seasons.
With his growing children getting involved in more activities and his wanting to spend more time with his family, Lewis decided it was time to give up one of his coaching jobs.
After 11 years with the program, Lewis resigned as head girls golf coach at Lawrence High. He will remain head boys basketball coach at LHS, as well as an assistant boys track coach at Southwest Middle School.
“It was a tough decision, but it was easy, in a way, when it comes to my family,” Lewis said.
Lawrence’s girls golf team finished ninth at the Class 6A state tournament this past fall, and Lewis said the golfers made progress the past few seasons.
“I had to get rid of one sport, and I hated to do it,” he said. “It’s a good group of girls, and they’ve got a chance to be a really good golf team next year.”
Lewis said he is excited to have the fall off to “be a dad,” and he will have a little extra time to get ready for the Lions’ basketball season.
“With my focus on basketball this coming fall, it will be nice to get in the gym with the guys a little bit more,” Lewis said. “I’ve got plans for a few other things, basketball-related, that I’m looking forward to. It’ll be fun.”
LHS athletic director Ron Commons said he understood why Lewis would want to give up one of his coaching jobs.
“We want to thank coach Lewis for his dedication,” Commons said.