After a highly successful first season at W&M in which two of his players went on to sign free agent contracts with NFL teams, Kevin Lewis returns for his second year as the Tribe’s defensive line coach.
Highlighting those who benefited from Lewis’ tutelage last fall was All-American defensive end Mike Reilly. Honored as the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, Reilly was a Buchanan Award Watch List selection and signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns following a tremendous senior campaign in which he ranked 13th nationally in sacks per game.
Jasper Coleman, a 2014 Chuck Boone Leadership Award Nominee, also posted a tremendous senior season last fall and signed a free agent contract with the Houston Texans. A three-time CAA Academic All-Conference selection, Coleman posted 33 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks and a blocked field goal as a senior.
Lewis came to W&M after serving as the defensive line coach at Dartmouth during the previous two seasons. In 2013, he helped the Big Green establish itself as one of the country’s top defensive units as it ranked ninth nationally in scoring defense and 22nd in scoring defense. During his first season at Dartmouth, the squad ranked 33rd nationally against the run, which represented an improvement from 104th the previous season.
Prior to his stint at Dartmouth, Lewis spent three seasons at the University of Richmond where he served as the defensive line assistant for two years before being promoted to the defensive line coach following the 2010 campaign. In addition to helping the Spiders post a 20-15 record, including an 11-2 mark in 2009 when UR reached the NCAA FCS Quarterfinals, he coached first-team All-American Martin Parker, who later went on to help the New York Giants win the Super Bowl.
A 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in history, Lewis was a three-year starter for the Hokies and helped the program win the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and appear in four bowl games. He went on to play professionally with the Hamburg Sea Devils in NFL Europe and was invited to training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A product of Varina High School in Richmond, Va., Lewis returned there to begin his coaching career with one of the top defensive line units in the state in August 2007. Several of his players went on to Division I and II careers, and he assisted with the players’ college recruiting process as well as strength and conditioning.
Lewis is also the founder of Blackstock & Lewis LLC, a local company in Richmond that performs position-specific football clinics for area youths. He is married to the former Miyah Jones.
Lewis is the Tribe’s primary recruiter in Metro Richmond, Southern Atlanta, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.