"Having a new coach so often is tough," Lewis said. "I want to build this program. Where we are this year, I want every year to get better. I want volleyball to be that when the girls are in high school, it's that one thing they can't wait to do."
SC middle hitter Shea Hoffman, who has been around to see the entire coaching carousel, is very happy with Lewis taking over the program. The senior has high hopes of playing collegiately, and is getting several looks already from Mountain East Conference schools.
"I love it, she's (Lewis) really good," Hoffman said. "It's a great environment with her and she always brings the team together. Also, the people that want to play in college, it's a better way of knowing you are preparing for your future. I definitely know the coaches will get us there."
Lewis wasn't the only first year head coach experiencing her first Showcase at the Civic Center Wednesday. Charleston Catholic co-head coach Angela Beblo and the Irish werw 17-4 this season prior to Wednesday.
Beblo and fellow co-coach Kristin Call have both been assistant coaches for Catholic over the years, but being in charge of the program has been a learning process for the two.
"It's been an adjustment," Beblo said. "There are a lot of things behind the scenes that you know happen but you aren't responsible for. There's so much work that goes on just to pull the season together. There are a lot of administrative tasks in confirming matches, refs, facilities, and the help at matches."
Beblo believes both her and Call being around the program, though, has caused a much easier transition for the Irish team.
"It made things a lot easier," Beblo said. "Being around the program, we already knew the school philosophy, and the girls. It hasn't been that tough of a transition, especially with the help of everyone.
"Both of our schedules have meshed really well. Our coaching styles are the same. We have coached together so long. There has been a lot of continuity with the girls with the season. We also couldn't do it without our parents. They have been great the entire step of the way."