Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)The trend of college and professional basketball teams tapping into the high school ranks for coaching talent continued Thursday, as BYU added Quincy Lewis of
to its staff.
BYU announced the move on its official site
In 12 seasons as the head coach at Lone Peak, Lewis compiled a 250-45 record and led the Knights to seven state titles.
"It's been really hard," Lewis said of leaving the program he built from the ground up. "When you put that much time into something, it makes it really hard to walk away. We've had opportunities to leave before but always felt really strongly about Lone Peak."
The 2012-13 Knights were crowned national champions by MaxPreps and Lewis was named MaxPreps National Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the historic campaign. It marked the first time a high school from Utah was crowned national champion in any sport.
Lewis is well-acquainted with the BYU program. Several of his former players have moved on to play in Provo, including Nate Austin, Sam Burgess, Jackson Emery, Tyler Haws, Eric Mika and Josh Sharp.
Former MaxPreps All-American Nick Emery will join the program next season after serving a religious mission and the move may give the Cougars traction with 2016 scoring guard Frank Jackson
– a former BYU pledge who decommitted and is now being pursued by Arizona and Duke, among others.
The hiring continues a recent string of successful high school coaches who have made the jump to the next level. Among the more prominent examples:
* High school coaches under consideration for college promotions may want to thank Danny Hurley. The second generation coaching star made a direct transition from high school head coach at St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.)
to Division I college head coach at Wagner. Hurley has since moved to Rhode Island and has gone 83-72 in five seasons since leaving St. Benedict's Prep.
* With no prior college coaching experience, Luther Riley was hired as head coach at Alcorn State in 2011 after leading Provine (Jackson, Miss.)
to seven state championship game appearances in 11 seasons.
* After getting the program off the ground at Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
and winning a national title in 2009, Michael Peck was hired to take over as head coach of the NBDL's Idaho Stampede in 2012.
* Nate Oats made a rapid rise to college head coach after being hired as an assistant by Bobby Hurley at Buffalo. Oats led Romulus (Mich.)
to a state championship in 2013 and two years later was tabbed to replace Hurley as head coach at Buffalo after he departed for Arizona State.
* After going 35-1 in his only season as head coach at Findlay Prep, Todd Simon left to take a job on Dave Rice's staff at UNLV.
* Missouri hired Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.)
head coach Rob Fulford to serve as an assistant in June of 2014. Fulford lured Andrew Wiggins from Canada to the West Virginia program and went 138-17 in five seasons after starting the program from scratch.
* New Mexico added La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
head coach Alan Huss to its staff in August of 2014. Huss, a former player under Dana Altman at Creighton, won nearly 80 percent of his games in four seasons at La Lumiere.