Ron Lewis leaves job as Central boys basketball coach to join Zachary staff _lowres

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Former Central basketball coach Ron Lewis:

Ron Lewis has resigned as head boys basketball coach at Central High and is set to become an assistant coach at Zachary High.

“This came about really fast,” Lewis said. “I start to work (at Zachary) tomorrow. I really enjoyed my time at Central and developed a lot of great relationships with my players and at the school.

“I appreciate the opportunities I had. This was strictly a family decision. I’ve got one daughter who will be in school there and other will be in school next door. This gets me closer to my home.”

Lewis spent eight years at Central and was the Wildcats’ head coach for six seasons. He will be an assistant boys basketball coach and a ninth-grade football coach at Zachary.

The former Catholic High basketball and track athlete led the Wildcats to four playoff appearances. Central was 14-9 in 2014-15, just missing the Class 5A playoffs. Lewis’ best season was 2010-11 when the Wildcats finished 22-5.

Central Athletic Director Sid Edwards said he’s planning to meet with Principal David Prescott to determine how to fill Lewis’ position.

“There’s a chance we’ll open it up for applications and there’s a chance we’ll promote from our staff,” Edwards said. “We just got finished with our football camp and this happened during the camp. We’re going to have to sit down and determine what will be the best move for Central.”

The opening is one of several Central has had to fill since the spring. Girls soccer/assistant football coach Dave Clark (East Ascension), wrestling/assistant football coach coach Justin Stafford (Dutchtown) and golf/assistant football coach Justin Hutchinson (Denham Springs) also moved to other jobs.