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Former Manteca High basketball coach Brett Lewis named new Weston Ranch athletic director

The Record, Stockton, Calif. logo The Record, Stockton, Calif. 6/18/2019 By Nick Woodard, The Record, Stockton, Calif
a man standing in front of a crowd: In this Record file photo, Manteca's Brett Lewis coaches during a game with Weston Ranch in the Sac-Joaquin Division III semifinals at Weston Ranch. [CALIXTRO ROMIAS/RECORD FILE 2019] © CALIXTRO ROMIAS/RECORD FILE 2019/The Record, Stockton, Calif/TNS In this Record file photo, Manteca's Brett Lewis coaches during a game with Weston Ranch in the Sac-Joaquin Division III semifinals at Weston Ranch. [CALIXTRO ROMIAS/RECORD FILE 2019]

STOCKTON - After five years as the head coach of the Manteca High boys basketball team, Brett Lewis is moving on to a brand new challenge.

Fortunately for the former Buffaloes coach, he didn't have to go far.

Lewis, who went 109-48 with Manteca and won a state championship in 2015-2016, has accepted an offer to become the next athletic director at Weston Ranch High, a Valley Oak League competitor to the Buffaloes.

Lewis takes over for Roland Davis, who has reportedly taken a different administrative role at the school.

The decision comes after a 12-year coaching run for Lewis, a stretch that had started to take its toll. Lewis said he had begun to feel like he was nearing the end of his coaching career, and recently earned his administrative credential in anticipation of a future move.

"I knew I wanted to go to a role where I'd be using my leadership to help a broader area," Lewis said.

An opportunity at Weston Ranch seemed like an ideal fit, Lewis said. His wife already works at the school, and he's familiar with the program and some of its coaches. He, of course, coached against Cougars head coach Chris Teevan for years as VOL rivals.

"It was easy to see that as a big opportunity to step in and help," Lewis said. "I believe I can be a very strong asset for the entire school and its athletics."

The tough side of the decision, Lewis said, was leaving Manteca. His Buffaloes teams had made the state playoffs in four of his five years at the helm, and Lewis said he was able to coach some great players alongside a very close-knit coaching staff.

The 2016 state title run, in which Manteca beat Chino Hills-Ayala 60-51 to win a Division III crown, is surely a highlight. That year's group went through a lot of adversity, Lewis said, and accomplishing something at that level was special.

Lewis said he's just as proud, however, of being able to field consistently solid Manteca teams.

"I would say that what we've been able to do, with four NorCal appearances in five years, that's unheard of for a public school," Lewis said. "There's not many programs around that have been able to maintain that success."

Lewis' goal now is to bring that success to a wider front at Weston Ranch. The Cougars have shown promise recently in a number of sports, most notably this season's boys basketball team and its 30-game winning streak that culminated in a Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

The objective, Lewis said, is to uphold that success, and build it across Weston Ranch's other sports.

"We want to help some of these other teams that have struggled in the past," Lewis said. "I feel like I'm going to bring a lot to the table, and hopefully be able to help turn them around a little bit."

Lewis made note of the challenges that this new career path will bring, among them the task of getting the entire athletic department to buy into his vision for the future of Weston Ranch sports.

But, he said, he had a great mentor in Manteca athletic director Bill Slikker, and he feels ready for what's ahead.

"I'm excited," Lewis said. "I like the challenge."

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