Shon Lewis named 2002 USA Wrestling Greco Roman Coach of the Year

By Gary Abbott | May 09, 2003, 12 a.m. (ET)
Shon Lewis of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been named 2002 Greco-Roman Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. This is the first time that Lewis has received this prestigious award. Lewis served as the assistant coach of the 2002 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team, which placed fifth in the World Championships held in Moscow, Russia. The team was led by World Champion Dremiel Byers at 120 kg/264.5 pounds. Lewis is also Byers' full-time coach, a major reason that Byers was able to develop into a World champion. Lewis works as the coach of the U.S. Army team, stationed in Fort Carson, Colo. He is responsible for training the athletes in the Army's World Class Athlete Program. The U.S. Army team features a number of nationally-ranked athletes, including Byers, and 2001 U.S. World Team member Keith Sieracki. Under Lewis' guidance, the U.S. Army won the 2002 Armed Forces Championships, claiming the title in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, as well as the overall title. The Army beat the Marines in the deciding dual meets in both styles. Lewis has served as a coach for the U.S. World Military team, which competes at the annual CISM World Military Championships. As an athlete, Lewis competed on the 1993 and 1999 U.S.World Championships teams. He also qualified for the 1998 U.S. World Team, but was unable to participate in the World Championships that year. He was a four-time U.S. Nationals Greco-Roman champion (1993-94, 1996, 1998), and was a medalist in three U.S.Olympic Team Trials (1992, 1996, 2000). Lewis was a member of the U.S. Army team as an athlete, winning six Armed Forces Greco-Roman titles and competing in the World Military Championships. He was the 1993 U.S. Army Athlete of the Year, an award including all sports in the Army's program. USA Wrestling will be announcing major award winners each day this week on PAST GRECO-ROMAN COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS 2002 - Shon Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army 2001 - Andy Seras, Sandy Hook, Conn., Sunkist Kids 2000 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm 1999 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm 1998 - Jay Antonelli, Quantico, Va., U.S. Marines 1997 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm 1996 - Rob Hermann, Pensacola, Fla., U.S. Navy 1995 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm 1994 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota USA Wrestling 1993 - Tony Thomas, Fort Benning, Ga., U.S. Army 1992 - Rob Hermann, Pensacola, Fla., U.S. Navy