On a day of big news, BYU basketball announced the hire of Quincy Lewis as assistant coach Thursday. Lewis replaces Mark Pope, who was hired as the head coach of Utah Valley University.
Rose also promoted Tim LaComb to associate head coach.
Lewis comes to BYU after being the head coach of Lone Peak High School in Alpine, Utah. Lewis led the Knights to seven state championships in his 12-year tenure and was the MaxPreps National Coach of the Year in 2013. His career high school coaching record was 250-45.
Prior to Lone Peak, Lewis was an assistant coach for 11 years at the college level, with stops at Southern Utah, Utah Valley, and BYU-Hawaii. Lewis played basketball at Dixie State under coach Rose.
Interestingly, a BYU-Wagner College connection was born today in the trivial vein. Lewis, who played at Wagner after his two years at Dixie State, was hired on the same day BYU football made its 2015 schedule official -- which includes Wagner. Tom Holmoe heaped praise on Wagner for being the piece that helped BYU schedule Missouri.
Here's what our hoops editor Steve Pierce had to say about Lewis when considering potential candidates:
Lewis is probably the choice most fans would gravitate toward. Many have already floated his name as a potential replacement as the head coach should Rose decide to retire at the end of his current contract, despite the fact that Quincy is still, you know, a high school coach. So the love for Quincy Lewis is undoubtedly strong in Cougar nation — and for good reason. He's a very strong candidate. He was a finalist for the job when Pope was hired four years ago, and he obviously has a close relationship with Rose dating back several decades. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he's proven himself to be a heck of a coach at the high school level, and brings nearly a decade of experience as an assistant at the college level to boot. When you factor in the close relationship he has with several of BYU's key incoming players, it becomes very easy to see the pros to a Lewis hiring. No wonder so many people are already on board.
Underrated factor in the Lewis hire: Quincy literally knows everybody everywhere in the prep/AAU basketball world. Big for recruiting.— Steve Pierce (@PostJimmer) April 30, 2015
A part of me wonders how the news will travel to the two Lone Peak stars still on missions, T.J. Haws and Eric Mika. In the meantime, Lewis leaves his post where he has coached current BYU target and national recruit Frank Jackson. Could this help or hurt BYU's chances with Jackson? Let's hope the former.