Bryan County High School’s athletic achievements were widespread in 2007. Another shining moment for the athletic programs came several days ago when BCHS Athletic Director Ron Lewis was selected as the Region 3-A Athletic Director of the Year for 2007.
This also makes him a finalist for the highly acclaimed State Athletic Director of the Year Award – to be announced at a future date.
As an athletic director, Lewis assumes major responsibility for administration of all high school athletic programs. The old cliché of ‘he is a jack of all trades’ would fit Lewis well – whether it be planning an athletic budget, verifying an athlete’s eligibility, equipment acquisition or just stepping in to help when and where he may be needed.
Lewis has been at BCHS for 10 years now. Most recently, he watched his 2007 athletic programs produce some worthy feats as the tennis, golf, cheerleading, baseball, softball, and football teams all reached the state playoffs. This wouldn’t have happened without the guidance and support of the athletic director, according to several BCHS coaches.
"Coach Lewis is very dedicated to all Redskin programs," said softball coach Kim Covington. "He really cares about our kids and it shows in his actions. This award was well-deserved."
Another of Lewis’s colleagues, varsity basketball coach Keith Bazemore, echoed Covington’s feelings. "Ron is behind every athletic program, not just football," he said. "He stands behind his coaches and he’ll do anything needed to help a program be successful. He is all about these kids and it shows by the time and energy he gives to these programs."
When asked what he enjoyed most about being the athletic director at BCHS, Lewis said it was "helping these kids. If we can help just one kid do better athletically, academically or personally, then we’ve done our job. Our coaches do a fine job and I’m here to help them in any way I can in order for them to run their programs and be successful."