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Lewis wants KC coaching job

Published:Wednesday | November 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Lewis

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Former National Premier League winning coach, Calvin Lewis, has set his sights on becoming the next head coach of Kingston College (KC) for the 2015 schoolboy football season.

Lewis, a past student of KC, told The Gleaner he would be applying for the job within weeks.

The post of head coach became vacant early October after the school fired Lenworth 'Teacher' Hyde, following a 7-0 defeat to arch-rivals St George's College.

Neil Harrison, head coach of the school's track and field team, has since been installed as interim coach for the remainder of the competition.

"I am definitely going to put in my application for the job," said Lewis. "It is the only league that I haven't coached in, so for me it would be a pleasure to coach my alma mater in the next coming schoolboy Manning Cup season."

"It will also be a dream come through if I should get this job," Lewis said. "I've always wanted to coach KC because there are certain achievements that I set out in life, and this is one of them. I've always said that I want to coach at the schoolboy level, especially with KC."

Lewis, who has had a reasonably successful coaching career, so far, has won a number of leagues, including NPL, in 2011 with Portmore United, where he was head coach last season.

A police sergeant by profession, Lewis said he is prepared to deal with the pressure that comes with the job of being head coach of one of the country's most prestigious high schools.

ready for pressure

"It will be pressuring, but I can cope with any pressure," he said.

"My work is all about getting the players to play organised football and having a good structure in place.

"My experience is football, but it can be difficult at times. But, as an old boy, I think I will get the backing of the old boys' association," he said.

"Football is pressure anywhere you go and, as a coach, you have to prepare for it. But I know that I can go there and give my best with my experience."

Kingston College have not won the Manning Cup since 1986. Lewis said once given the opportunity, he is prepared to go there and assess the situation to improve the school's players.

"I have had several looks at the team so far this season and so I know some of the weaknesses, and my aim is to improve these weaknesses," he said.

"I know that we haven't won the competition in a very long time, but I believe that, with a good structure in place, we can achieve together."