Will colleges come calling for Lone Peak’s Lewis?

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Lone Peak head basketball coach Quincy Lewis has won a national championship, six state championships and amassed a 219-37 overall record in ten years.

Lone Peak head basketball coach Quincy Lewis has won a national championship, six state championships and amassed a 219-37 overall record in ten years.

He has nothing left to prove. His resume is complete.

He’s won a national championship and brought home six state championships in his 10 years at Lone Peak.

He’s amassed a 219-37 record and has an 18-3 record against rival American Fork.

He has been an assistant coach at the college level for eight years at BYU-Hawaii and Utah Valley University.

If there was ever a candidate primed for a college coaching job it would be Quincy Lewis, the head basketball coach at Lone Peak High School.

He won a state championship as a high school player, and is the son of Tim Lewis, one of the great high school coaches in Utah.

Hello, college search committees. Look no further.

But experience at the high school level doesn’t always transfer to the college level. The list of Utah Valley high school coaches who made the jump to the college level is relatively short.

Roger Reid coached at Payson before eventually becoming the head coach at BYU. Ken Wagner, a former coach at Lehi, took the head coaching job at BYU-Hawaii.

John Wardenburg made Payson High School a winner before he joined BYU’s staff as an assistant coach. He’s now an assistant at Indian Hills Community College.

Former American Fork assistant Tim LaComb is now an assistant coach at BYU. Don Chamberlain revived Timpview’s program before he retired and took a job at Southern Virginia. Chris Jones coached at Orem before he joined Stew Morrill’s staff at Utah State. Barret Payson coached at Payson and is now the head coach at Indian Hills Community College.

Considering the coaching talent in Utah Valley you might think more coaches would jump at a college coaching opportunity, but coaching at the college level isn’t for everyone.

Provo coach Craig Drury has won more championship banners than any other coach in Utah, but he chose to stay at Provo and build one of Utah’s most respected programs.

“I got approached one time by a junior college but after I thought about it I realized I didn’t want to move to a small town to coach at the junior college level,” Drury said. “It’s a different game. An assistant coach is mostly involved in breaking down game film and scouting and recruiting.”

Salem Hills coach Jimmy DeGraffenried could be an attractive college coaching candidate if the timing was right. DeGraffenried stared at Payson High School before taking his game to Weber State where he finished third in all-time scoring and was inducted to the Weber State Hall-of-Fame.

“I have never been asked. I would love to do it but not now,” DeGraffenried said. “I have young kids and the life of a college coach isn’t conducive to a young family.”

Lewis is the most likely Utah Valley coach to make the jump. He turned down a chance to be the head coach at BYU-Hawaii and has had other college offers but nothing that’s been enticing enough to make him make the move.

“I’ve been at the college level for eight years so I know what that’s like. If the right job came along I would be interested, but I have a good job right now,” Lewis said. “I’ve had a lot of opportunities to take other jobs but I don’t have any regrets. I like where I’m at.”

As Lewis continues to make headlines there’s little doubt he will be on the short list when it comes to college coaching candidates.

Winning is fun so unless the right job comes along, he’s content to follow in his father’s footsteps and make his impact at the high school level.

For now, a college job can wait.

 Utah Valley High School Coaches who moved to the College Level

  • Ken Wagner, Lehi to BYU-Hawaii.

  • Roger Reid Payson to BYU,

  • Chris Jones (Orem) Utah State.

  • Barret Peery (Payson), Indian Hills Community College

  • John Wardenburg, Payson to BYU,

  • Don Chamberlain Timpview, Southern Virginia.

  • Tim LaComb American Fork, BYU

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Neil K. Warner has covered all levels of sports in Utah for the last 20 years and is currently the beat writer for Utah Valley University. He is known best by the name Zuke, a nickname that stuck for his entertaining and often controversial Beat the Zuke column that runs weekly in the football and basketball season. He is the author of four books; Danny's Corner, Under the Green Banners, Off Court and Soul Survivor. He lives in Orem with his wife and three children.

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