Billy Lewis was named Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Stillman Valley High School in Stillman Valley, IL, in 2005 at age 23. He was the head coach at Stillman Valley for three seasons, with an overall record of 36-40, before returning to his alma mater, Hononegah High School in Rockton, IL, as an assistant coach the past two seasons. For as long as he has been in coaching, Coach Lewis has always put a premium on individual skill development.
As a player, Coach Lewis helped pave the way for the success Hononegah has had the past 10 years. The Indians completed the 1998-1999 season with the second most wins (24) in school history, a regional championship trophy, and the first and only Elgin Holiday Tournament championship in Hononegah basketball history. During the post-season, Lewis qualified for the Illinois 2A three-point competition by advancing through two regional and two sectional qualifying rounds, including an incredible regional performance of 14 makes in 15 attempts.
After the 1999 season, Billy Lewis signed a letter of intent to play at Rockford College. He was a 4-time all conference player, scored over 1200 career points (tenth all-time at Rockford College), and holds the all-time career FT% record at 84%. He was tenth in the nation in Division III in FT% in 2003 at 89%. He led his team to the 2003 Division III NCAA tournament for the first and only time in school history, and during the 2002-03 season, helped guide the Regents to the NIIC conference championship, their second consecutive title and the fifth overall in school history.
Coach Lewis’ success in the game of basketball is the result of years of dedication to becoming the best player and coach he could be. His knowledge of the game, years of experience, and attention to detail will help make Aim High Hoops a powerful resource for basketball players, parents and coaches looking for ways to understand and improve individual basketball skills.
Coach Lewis is an Assistant Principal at Hononegah High School and is the founder and developer of a character education initiative, based in part on ideas from Sean Covey’s bestseller: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and Paul Tough’s 2012 bestseller: How Children Succeed.
He also is the director of the Tim Milroy Memorial Golf Outing which has raised over $20,000 since 2009, with proceeds going to DonateLife Illinois, Young Hearts for Life and the TM Scholarship Fund.
Billy resides in Rockford, IL with his wife, Amy, and their sons Brayden, Owen, and Camden.