Most local sports fans remember Derrick Lewis for his contributions on the court for the University of Maryland men’s basketball team from 1984 to 1988. Lewis has recently again found success on the court, only this time as Archbishop Spalding High School’s head basketball coach.
Lewis is Maryland’s all-time leading shot blocker with 339 career blocked shots. He is also the Terp’s third-leading rebounder all-time with 948. In 1987, he had an incredible 12-block, 23-rebound game against James Madison University. Lewis scored 1,458 points over his 127 games in College Park, averaging 11.5 points a game with a .540 field goal percentage.
Lewis accepted the varsity coaching job at Archbishop Spalding, a Catholic school located in Severn MD, in 2009. Before he arrived, Spalding had gone through four coaches in just five years. Lewis had a tough road ahead of him, competing in the MIAA and BCL conferences which feature some of the best basketball competition in the state. This task did not intimidate the former Terp, who was determined to bring Spalding back to the success and glory they saw in the early 2000s.
In just four seasons, it appears Lewis has made all of the right moves to bring Spalding back to the forefront of competition in the Baltimore area. Just last season he won Baltimore Catholic League’s coach of the year award. Having played his fair share of big games, Lewis found himself in yet another one this past Monday night as his sixth-seeded Spalding Cavaliers faced off against the second-seeded Mount Saint Joseph Gaels for the Baltimore Catholic League Championship. Mount Saint Joe, a well-established basketball powerhouse for years, would surely be Spalding’s toughest test of the tournament.
Despite having a six-point lead only minutes before halftime, Spalding lost control of the game and would not be able to hold on, eventually falling to Mount Saint Joe, 73-56. Although the loss is a tough one, it can only mean that great things are on the horizon for the program under the leadership of its local and familiar coach, Derrick Lewis.
For more information on the details of the game follow: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-02-25/sports/bs-va-sp-bcl-championship-0226-20130225_1_jaylen-adams-phil-booth-gaels
Other notable Terrapins who have played in the MIAA high school basketball conference include: Juan Dixon (Calvert Hall), Will Bowers (Archbishop Spalding), Dino Gregory (Mount Saint Joseph)