Danny Lewis began his coaching career at Heathwood Hall and is returning to take over the football program.
Lewis was named the Highlanders’ coach Wednesday. He replaces Marcus Lattimore, who resigned in January to take a job with South Carolina. Lewis is the third coach at Heathwood since 2014.
“My first experience with Heathwood football ignited my passion to coach and fueled my love of the game. It was here that I learned to balance the demands of academic achievement with the challenges of athletic success. All of those lessons served me well over the course of a 20-year college coaching career. Now I am blessed to return to Heathwood Hall as head football coach,” Lewis said.
“Our mission will be to build a football program worthy of the high standards set by the school. I am excited about the future and look forward to being a part of the Heathwood community.”
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Lewis, a Lexington native, was an assistant at Heathwood from 1996-98 before going into the college ranks. He has been at South Carolina State since 2008 and coached quarterbacks, running backs and special teams. Last season, he was the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs.
Lewis, who played at Charleston Southern, also has had stops at The Citadel, Newberry, Middle Tennessee, Benedict and was a grad assistant under Lou Holtz at South Carolina.
“Danny’s deep experience, knowledge of the game, awareness of the Midlands and South Carolina football community, and proven track record of impacting young people and teaching character through athletics made him an attractive candidate. I am excited to watch him get to work with our players this spring,” Heathwood headmaster Chris Hinchey said.
The Highlanders went 1-9 this past season and haven’t had a winning season since 2009 when they went 12-1 and lost to Hammond in the SCISA 3A championship game.
Lewis will remain at S.C. State through spring practice but will spend most of afternoons at Heathwood. He will be introduced to the Heathwood community Friday at 9:40 a.m.