GREENFIELD — In Michael Lewis, Greenfield-Central officials found everything they were looking for in a boys basketball coach.
Lewis, of Delphi, was hired as the new G-C coach at a school board meeting Friday morning. During and after the gathering, administrators praised Lewis for his winning record, passion and teaching ability.
“We really appreciate the enthusiasm and energy Michael is going to bring us,” G-C principal Steve Bryant said when introducing Lewis, who went 57-33 the last four seasons at Class 2A Delphi, located a few miles northwest of Lafayette.
Lewis replaces Josh Johnson, who resigned in April after five seasons and a 27-80 won-loss mark.
Like Johnson, Lewis is a math teacher, a role he’ll assume at G-C. The 95% ISTEP rate of Lewis’ students at Delphi was also noted by Bryant on Friday.
“In this day and age, you’ve got to be a teacher first,” said Lewis, a 2002 Bedford North Lawrence and 2006 Indiana University graduate. “And I think they like that I’m a teacher first.
“I take that way more seriously than being a basketball coach. I think basketball is an extension of the educational process. If I get an opportunity to teach well in the classroom, then I’m going to teach well on the court, too.”
In his move to Greenfield, Lewis is returning to his Class 4A roots.
Lewis, 30, was a self-described “role player” on the Bedford North Lawrence regional-title squad of 2001. The Stars went 60-32 in Lewis’ four prep seasons under coach Mark Ryan.