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Maynard Lewis steps down as South basketball coach

Mar. 28—After eight seasons at the helm of Terre Haute South's boys basketball team, Maynard Lewis has stepped down from his coaching position, according to an announcement on the high school's athletic department website Thursday.

Lewis' Braves ended up 11-13 for the 2023-24 season, having lost to Avon 61-45 in the Class 4A Terre Haute South Sectional on March 1. His career coaching record, all at South, is 89-114.

Lewis' most successful campaign was 2017-18 when his squad captured the Class 4A sectional championship, beating Brownsburg 54-45 in the finale at South, and finished 20-8.

"First, I would like to thank the previous and current administrations [superintendents on down] for all their support through the years," Lewis told the Tribune-Star via text Thursday. "I also would like to thank Mr. Melvin L. Burks.

"To all the players and coaches who were a part of the program during my coaching tenure, I can't say 'thank you' enough. I was so lucky to have coached at my alma mater. It was a dream come true."

Lewis, 44, said he's looking forward to "stepping back and getting some rest and relaxation."

After that, he'll decide if he wants to resume his coaching career.

On the South website, athletic director Ed Jarvis wished Lewis "good luck" in his future endeavors.

"We would like to thank him for the eight years he gave back to the athletic program," Jarvis said. "He will be missed on the sidelines. Coach Lewis is a great coach and an outstanding human being. Thanks for being such a good role model for the team."

Jarvis added that South will begin a search for "the next leader of boys basketball" in the coming days.

"The Vigo County School Corporation is currently on spring break but will look to get this job posted the first week of April," Jarvis continued.

"In the meantime, interested applicants can send athletic director Ed Jarvis an email to express your interest until the official posting goes up."

Jarvis' email address is edj@vigoschools.org.

The Braves' career scoring leader at the time, Lewis replaced previous South head coach Scott Ridge in August 2016. Lewis is now third on the all-time list, trailing Jaylen Minnett and De'Avion Washington, two players coached by Lewis.

Lewis played for South for four seasons (1994-98), firing in 1,632 points. During his senior season (1997-98), he averaged 25.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

A 6-foot-1 guard, he took his talents to Purdue after graduating from South in 1998 and averaged 6.7 points per game over four seasons with the Boilermakers, including 9.9 ppg as a junior (2000-01) and 9.5 ppg as a senior (2001-02). He graduated in 2002.

Counting Lewis, South has had only five boys basketball coaches since the school opened in 1971. Others were Gordon Neff, Pat Rady, the late Mike Saylor and Ridge.