RIP to my favorite teacher and coach….

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Mission: Get Inspired | 0 comments

RIP to my favorite teacher and coach….


I remember it like it was yesterday…. sitting in his History class, entranced with the way he told stories.  I could almost envision it all coming to life with his great chalk drawings and his amazing story-telling.  I almost forgot that I was learning.

Besides being a great teacher, I had a special opportunity to get to know him a little bit more….


Jr High was so so so many years ago…whew– almost 16 years ago? wow.

But, no matter how many years pass by, the impact this one teacher had on my life will never fade away.


Playing basketball my 8th grade year was a challenge, I had a crappy coach who only played her friends kids, and I sat the bench… I was devastated.  There were girls playing that shouldn’t have been.  It wrecked my confidence as an athlete.  As Springtime came, this teacher approached me with something that would change that confidence…

Mr Lewis, this awesome teacher, who had coached all sorts of sports at Allen East, was starting an AAU basketball team the summer after his retirement.  In AAU, you can only have 2 players from a school be represented on this team of superstars from the region.  Out of all of the girls from my 8th grade team, all the girls who had more playing time, better stats, he picked me to be on his team. (and another girl who was super tall and tons of potential too)

He told me that he saw something in me.  A great potential.  A great, smart athlete who had a huge heart to improve and get better.  It was the first time in my adolescence that anyone spoke those kind and powerful words into my life.  Especially during a time of such insecurity and self doubt…

A teacher, now a coach…. saw something in me.

That summer I grew as a basketball player…and person.

In that grungy BP gym…and tourneys all over the state, I played with teammates who were already amazing, well known, High School Super Stars—played against the tops teams in the Midwest and my skills and confidence grew more than I could imagine.

I learned how to overcome intimidation and play basketball with my heart.

It was such an amazing experience.  I am forever greatful of his dedication to see me grow and believe in myself.


As I read facebook today—and his obituary–I am amazed that my story is just one out of hundreds….

This wasn’t just a one-time story— He inspired and challenged a lot of us in the Allen East community.

Below, Would you share your story too?


I am reminded…. that this is what life is all about.

a legacy.

His= a legacy of being a Believer, great husband, father, hard worker, great fisher, inspire-er, awesome coach and unbelievable teacher.


Even though it seems still young to go…I am reminded of something we both share: a belief that one day, we will be re-united- that even though his death makes us sad for today, that our hope and treasures lie in what is ahead–

    Philippians 3:20-21
    But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (NIV) 



Are you a teacher? A coach? Are you connected to youth?

What are you doing today, to plant seeds of greatness in the next generation?

—What will your legacy be?—-

Please feel free to share you favorite Mr Lewis stories below!









longer “dead in your past” – your loved one is now “fully alive in your future” – which is heaven.
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