Quincy Lewis, unquestionably the most successful Utah high school basketball coach during the past 12 years, is taking his winning ways to BYU.
BYU head coach Dave Rose announced today that Lewis will join his staff as an assistant coach.
“I’m very excited about the addition of Quincy Lewis to our staff,” Rose said in a press release. “Quincy brings great knowledge of the game and a winning attitude. He has been successful everywhere he’s been as a player and a coach and I look forward to adding Quincy to our team.”
Lewis comes to BYU following 12 years as head coach at Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. Lewis has led the Knights to seven state titles, 10 region titles and a record of 250–45 (.847).
At Lone Peak, Lewis has coached many past and future Cougars including Tyler Haws, T.J. Haws, Nate Austin, Josh Sharp, Jackson Emery, Nick Emery, and Eric Mika, just to name a few. Only freshman Nick Emery and senior Nate Austin, assuming his medical hardship comes through, will appear on the BYU roster for the upcoming season.
In 2013, Lewis was named MaxPreps National Coach of the Year and Naismith National Coach of the Year while leading the Knights to a 26-1 record, the 5A Utah state title and the MaxPreps National Championship. In addition, Lewis was named the 2009 National Federation of State High School Associations Western Region Coach of the Year.
Before coaching at Lone Peak, Lewis coached eight years at the collegiate level, helping five teams win 20-plus games and three earn national rankings. Lewis has been an assistant coach at BYU-Hawaii (1995–97),Utah Valley State College (1997–02) and Southern Utah (2002–03).
Rose and Lewis met when Rose was an assistant at Dixie State for Lewis’ freshman year and the head coach for his sophomore season, the two years Lewis played for Dixie.
After earning his associate’s degree at Dixie, Lewis played his final two years at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, where he earned all-conference honors and graduated with a degree in sociology in 1993. In 2012, Lewis was inducted into the Wagner College Athletics Hall of Fame. Lewis also earned a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Utah in 1995.
“Coach Rose has built an outstanding program. I’m really excited to get started and to be a part of his staff,” Lewis said. “I’ve known Coach Rose and his wife Cheryl for a long time, having played for him at Dixie. They’re very good people and it’ll be great to work with him.”
Lewis and his wife Debbie have been married for 14 years and have four children: sons Kodiak and Cooper and daughters Maeve and Mallory.
Frank Jackson, who will be a senior at Lone Peak next year and BYU has heavily recruited, said earlier this week that he’d be happy for Lewis if he gets hired at the college level. “Whatever happens with Coach Lewis, I’ll be happy for him. I’ll be happy if he gets hired at the next level and I’ll be happy if he stays at Lone Peak.” Whether having Lewis on BYU’s staff will help recruit Jackson, is still unknown.