Coach Lucio Lewis: Teach Basketball and Less X’s and O’s

Coach Lucio Lewis: Teach Basketball and Less X’s and O’s
June 13, 2022 | graham@allinteamsports.com | 4 min read

I do not teach as much about the X’s and O’s. I teach basketball. How to read a pick and roll, how to handle a press, and things like that.

Coach Lucio Lewis loves to teach basketball. His love to teach basketball stretches across all the areas of the game. For instance, basketball’s unique ability to teach life skills: teamwork, work ethic, confidence, love, and more. Ultimately, Coach Lewis enjoys using basketball as his ministry where God uses his coaching abilities to bless other people. 

Going into high school, Coach Lewis had a goal of being the best basketball player that he could possibly be. After high school, he left for the military with the dream of playing for the military team. Thankfully, he was able to do this and had a lot of fun throughout the entire process. After he came back from the military, he started to reconnect with many of his old-time friends.

Since many of his friends had kids who wanted to play basketball, he started to get into training. In this, he found out that the local high school was short-staffed on the women’s side. Thus, he walked up to the head coach of the women’s JV team and asked, “do you need any help coaching?” His response, 

Help? Absolutely!

In his first year, he came on as the assistant coach. In his second, he moved up to the head coach and has been with the team ever since. 

Today’s All In Takeaways are around the importance of constant communication. 

All In Takeaway #1: To Teach Basketball and Help Athletes, Constant Communication is Essential!

Through Coach Lewis’s journey as a basketball player and coach, he has learned that constant communication is essential to team development. One thing that he will do to begin every season with his women’s team is have them write down something that they like. For instance, one player may write down that their favorite color is blue. Throughout the season, the entire team will learn that not only is it blue, but a particular shade of blue. Other players will write down something a little more serious which the entire team will be able to hear more about as the season goes on. 

Coach Lewis will send constant messages in their group chat: motivating his players, letting them know how much he cares for them, and more. Additionally, Coach Lewis realizes when his players are getting burnt out. On occasion, he will order food and instead of practicing basketball, they will just eat and enjoy each other’s company. Ultimately, constant communication and care is critical in the development not only on the court but off the court as well. 

Unity

Unity is a youth organization that Coach Lewis has been a part of for over 10 years. Currently, he serves as the commissioner for the basketball side as they are in several different sports. Coach Lewis is also the Head Coach for the Unity Thunder boys’ team. Ultimately, the mission of Unity is to help the youth. Coach Lewis has a vision of getting the kids who may not be the best players but have a desire to learn and be the best that they can be. The name Unity means understanding the needs of the youth today. They aim to accomplish this in everything that they do. Go Unity Thunder! 

Currently…

Coach Lewis has been the Women’s Head Coach for Springbrook High School for 6 years! Last season, the team was able to go .500 and have been getting better every season. 2 days ago, Coach Lewis became the Head Coach for the Men’s JV team at the same high school! It will be exciting to see how Coach Lewis is able to help his team in his first year there! Go Springbrook!

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