St. Francis names new boys basketball coach

St. Francis boys basketball head coach, Travis Lewis


That was the reaction from Travis Lewis after he was announced the as the new St. Francis high school boys basketball head coach on Thursday morning. Lewis is the 11th head coach in the program's fifty year history.

Lewis comes to the Knights from Owens Community College where he was the assistant boys coach for two years and the Assistant Director of Athletics.

"It's helped me huge, because I've recruited...all the publice school as well as the private schools...being an assistant with Owens gives me a great familiarity with what's going on in the community."

Before working with Owens, he was a two sport athlete at Eastern Michigan, playing wide receiver for the football team and starring on the basketball court. For the latter, he was named runner-up for the MAC's Defensive Player of the Year award. His wife, Jessica, also played basketball at Central Catholic and the University of Michigan.

"Having a wife that played Big Ten basketball, that I don't have to argue with about doing dishes or washing clothes but who has the better jump shot, who can handle the ball the best. That puts me in a strange situation to only strive to 100%."

Lewis takes over a program that finished in the bottom of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. During his introduction, he laid out the ground work for how he wants to rebuild the program.

"With me you can expect three things...I call them the A.D.D. Accountability, discipline, and defense."

"What I believe in sport is that, when you're a student-athlete it kind of focuses you and teaches you discipline, It teaches you to be successful. Having that as a strong tradition as a strong support in athletics at the St. Francis makes it a great job."

Lewis made one final remark before putting on the Knights hat.

"Right now the expectations may not be high for the upcoming season, but for those seniors to be, for those freshmen that had a great frehmen year...know that tomorrow, when you wake up, those expectaions have been raised above 100%"