Spotlight: Brian Lewis

By Joe Danneman - bio | email
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - His resume as a player is impressive including a state championship running back, the Southwestern Indiana Player of the Year in 2001, and a football scholarship to Indiana State.

Brian Lewis' coaching resume, however, is still missing a win at Harrison.

The first year head coach inherited a program that lost every game for the past two years, and is still winless this season.

Now, it's his challenge to change that culture of losing.

The warriors start every practice with two words: "Hard Work!"

That hard work shows on the muddy cleats, dirty pads, the heavy breathing, and endless sprints.

"We're going to get there, definitely, as long as we keep working hard," Harrison sophmore Ryan Bertram said.

Two-and-a-half seasons of losing can slump shoulders and run off coaches.

"Some games when we lose, a couple tears come to my eyes," Harrison senior Javier Hawkins said.

The tears, disappointment and losses won't stop Harrison from working.

It also won't stop Brian Lewis from teaching.

"They want to win, they just need to be taught again how to win," Lewis said.

The first year head coach is still excited and says the record doesn't show Harrison's progress.

But his challenge remains, the challenge of believing his team can win.

"You know, I think a lot of times when you get in streaks like we're in right now, kids don't expect to win and they just assume things are going to go the same as they always have," Lewis said. "So, you have got to get them to believe and expect that they are going to go out and be successful."

That belief, starts with a great coach.

It's why he's hands on and also why Harrison practices are full pads and full contact all week.

It's that hard work, but its the only way that will work.

"They believe in us a lot, they stay on us all day, everyday of the week and they know we can get it," Javier Hawkins said.

"I think the attitude has changed a lot," Ryan Bertram said. "People coming out working hard, just trying to get better."

"They have got to get that monkey off their back," Coach Lewis said. "To get that pressure, to lift it off of them and they can just go out and concentrate on playing football."

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