New Santaluces football coach Brian Lewis last coached at Marsh Prep Academy in Dallas.

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.