Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) athletics director B.J. McGinn has announced the hiring of Kevin Lewis as the school's men's and women's cross country coach.
Lewis replaces Jordan Andrews who has joined the Grand View University athletic department as the men's and women's cross country coach.
"Kevin came highly recommended by several coaches in Central Iowa," McGinn said. "His experience as an assistant coach at West Des Moines Dowling Catholic High School and being around a winning culture that has produced four of the last four Class 4A state championship teams will definitely bring a standard of excellence to DMACC men's and women's cross country."
McGin said Lewis also has ties to student athletes in Central Iowa which will be an asset in the school's recruiting efforts.
"I am very excited to add Kevin to our athletic department," McGinn said.
Lewis, a strong believer in the idea that all good things in life come from running, has spent the past five years serving as an assistant coach for the Dowling Catholic cross country teams, helping the boys teams to state championships in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 and a third-place finish in 2017. The Dowling girls cross country team has consistently been among the top teams in Class 4A during his time as an assistant coach. More than a dozen Dowling runners have gone on to compete at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels.
Lewis said McGinn had reached out to him in the hiring process and that he was honored to be considered for the position.
"I did some research into the program and was really excited about what I saw," Lewis said. "I'm just excited to get up and running with it."
Lewis said his program will be built around training, including upper body strength, speed routines and quickness and a combination of strength and speed.
"I'm really blessed to be coaching in Boone," Lewis said. "We don't have many hills in Iowa, but (there are hills around Boone). I told my runners that we are not going to be beaten on a hill. We are going to drill hills and we will be the best (on hills). I honestly believe that."
Lewis said he will use Central Iowa as his recruiting base.
"I want to hit Central Iowa, but I'm looking for passion. I'm looking for kids that just have a desire to keep running," Lewis said. "I understand that there are a good majority of kids that when they get done with high school they just don't want to (continue running). I don't want to talk to somebody that doesn't want to run because I'm not going to be able to get the best out of them. Right now I'm searching for passion and if I can find passionate runners we are going to be able to do great things."
Like all coaches, Lewis' goal is to lead DMACC cross country teams to national championships.
"Those are always the goals and logical goals to set," Lewis said. "With our mens' program being in its second year, I want to do well at regionals. One of my runners has said he wants to be in the top 15 at nationals and we're working on getting there right now."
When Lewis is not busy with his coaching duties, he owns and operates The Open Road Chip Timing, a road race timing company in Clive, Iowa.
Lewis and his wife, Josie, make their home in Ankeny. They are the parents of two children, Liam and Finney.