Nick Lewis, the new girls soccer coach for Lakeridge High School, brings excitement and passion for the sport to a season filled with uncertainty.
"It's exciting to take over," Lewis said. He said he's been hoping for the opportunity to head up a program, and Lakeridge is a good team to do it with.
"They're always competing well, they're in a really strong conference. … They're always a tough team to beat," he said.
Before joining the team at Lakeridge, Lewis coached at Wilson High School in Portland.
Lewis is local to Oregon. He grew up in Beaverton and played soccer at Beaverton High School before going on to play at the University of Evansville, a private liberal arts university in southern Indiana.
Thinking back, he doesn't know what initially drew him to the sport. He's just always played it.
"Since I was a kid I've always wanted to play; my whole childhood was a soccer ball," Lewis said.
Like every kid who loves soccer, Lewis had dreams of going pro, but since that didn't work out he's excited to be able to guide young players to achieving their goals.
"I know this year with the amount of seniors and juniors we have, we have a shot at beating (Jesuit High School)," he said."
That is, if they have a season at all.
The district recently made a decision to put all athletic activity on hold until Clackamas County enters Phase 2 of the reopening process.
The OSAA Executive Board met in a closed work session July 22 to discuss the fall sports timeline.
OSAA Executive Director Peter Weber said in a news release July 22 that the executive board decided to delay the first contest date for soccer, along with cross country and volleyball, to Sept. 23. The first contest date previously was scheduled for Aug. 27.
"Just as schools will not look the same in the fall of 2020, it's clear that school sports and activities will not either," Weber said.
Lewis hopes to be able to guide the team to victory this year, no matter how the schedule plays out.
"We're all just kind of hoping to find the light at the end of the tunnel soon," Lewis said.
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