Mike Lewis hired to coach Wildcats

WALNUT — Longtime coach Mike Lewis said he was impressed with the direction the Walnut High boys’ basketball program was heading under the high school’s administration. So impressed, that after his 30th season as a head coach, he will be pacing the Wildcats’ sidelines next season. Walnut athletic director Timmy Moore announced Thursday night that Lewis has been hired as the new boys’ basketball coach. “We’re excited,” Lewis said about the future of the Walnut program. “I think we’ve go a lot of potential there and hopefully we can bring it out.” Lewis will replace Jackie Weathers, who left after one year at the school. “We are extremely happy to get someone with his experience and coaching resume,” said Moore. “We think he will be a perfect fit for us. He is highly respected in the high school and junior college ranks.” Lewis, who coached the past five seasons at Kossuth High School, has 462 wins combined on the high school and junior college levels. In 12 seasons at Northeast Mississippi Community College, his teams won 205 games and made two appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament (1995, 2000). As for the move to Walnut, Lewis, who will turn 58 on Wednesday, says he sees tremendous upside in the MHSAA Class 2A school. “We’ve played against Walnut for about five years,” Lewis said. “They have some really good athletes. It will be a good place to build a basketball program.” In his 30 years as a head coach, Lewis spent five years at Alcorn Central and seven seasons at Biggersville. He guided Alcorn Central to the Class 3A state championship in 1998.

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