"It's almost like a part of me because I was in it for so long," Lewis said. "I tried not coaching just to see what it would be like, and I can't. Coming back and working with Niki, I feel more complete. Like this is where I'm supposed to be. It's a way of life."
Lewis will immediately be called upon to boost the pitching staff of the Indians. Senior Bekah Baldwin and freshman Alexee Haynes are the two main hurlers for Sissonville.
Baldwin is the not just the top pitcher for the Indians, but also their top hitter as well. Last season, she hit .506 with 10 home runs, 15 doubles and 36 RBI. Baldwin also struck out 94 batters in 93 innings.
Big things are expected from her again this season, especially considering Lewis has already been working with her over the years.
"It's amazing and I am really glad she is here," Baldwin said. "She has been my pitching coach since I was eight. I really love her. She is always positive but has the drive. I'm very competitive. We get along really well."
"She was my very first lesson," Lewis said. "I have watched her grow and develop and be who I knew she could be. I want to see her goals and dreams fulfilled. I want to be there for her like my sister (Annie) was for me."
Lewis has high hopes for her protege.
"We have set goals on what she wants and she is fully capable of reaching them," Lewis said. "If she pushes hard enough, she will get what she wants. As a senior, I want to see her leave happy."