And the domino falls. Coach Myers has picked the successor to Dylan Sheridan. Please welcome Rick Lewis BACK to Ohio State, this time as a full-time Assistant coach!
Lewis takes the open spot, with Travis Crane moving up to be the Associate Head Coach. Crane will presumably continue in his role as recruiting coordinator, while Lewis will most likely take over the offense. It's a full Buckeye family reunion!
Lewis comes from his spot as volunteer assistant with Army for the past three seasons. Working primarily with goalies and FOGOs, Lewis helped the Black Knights to a top 10 ranking last year.
Though Army struggled a bit at the faceoff X, going only 45% for the shortened year, Army's goalie play was outstanding. Starter Wyatt Schupler ended the year with 82 saves, and a save % of .617. That's obviously outstanding.
Prior to his time at Army, Lewis was the offensive coordinator for Lambert HS in Georgia during the 2018 season. Fun fact, Lambert is the high school that 2020 signee Gerard Kane is from. That year, Lambert won all 22 of their games and were crown champions of Georgia.
Lewis was voted assistant of the year for that effort, before taking his talents to West Point. Kane played on that team, and must be ecstatic that he will get to be reunited with Lewis again.
Prior to THAT, Lewis was a middie for Ohio State from 2012 to 2015, spending 2015 as a captain. After dabbling in pro lacrosse for a couple years, Lewis moved on to coaching.
This is a good young hire, especially as it brings a Buckeye back home. I haven't the foggiest idea what it will mean for the offense, as Lewis was primarily placed elsewhere, but it should be a fun ride! Welcome back, Coach Lewis.