Brian Lewis took an unusual route to football. The new head football coach at Santaluces High is a “basketball player at heart,” playing the sport in college. 

It took a friend suggesting he pursue a career in football to get Lewis into the sport, starting a career that has included a Canadian Football League tryout and coaching stops in semi-pro and Texas youth football.

The latest iteration of Lewis’ football journey brings him back to Florida, where the first-time high school coach replaces Brian Coe at Santaluces. Coe, a longtime coach in Palm Beach County, stepped down earlier this offseason after four seasons with the Chiefs, which included being named Palm Beach County Coach of the Year in 2018, a Class 8A state playoff berth in 2019 and a 3-2 record this past year.