Del Valle’s Derrick Lewis hired as new football coach at LASA Austin

LASA has hired a varsity football coach with ample experience at the NFL, college and high school levels.

Derrick Lewis, 46, officially takes over on July 1, but he is already preparing for his first season at LASA, the Austin school district’s magnet school for science and liberal arts. He takes over for Bryan Crews, the former football coach and athletic coordinator who recently left to take a position at El Paso Mountain View.

Lewis, who spent the last two years as an offensive coordinator at Del Valle, said he’s eager to take on a football team that has had minimal experience. LASA students competed at LBJ until the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

“That’s the beauty of it all,” Lewis said. “I can put my fingerprints all over the program and develop the athletes who are already here. With student-athletes, the student comes first. We have an academically successful school and the objective is to continue that. But we want to grow the sports program within it because there are some really good athletes in the building.