Old Blue is proud to announce that USA Rugby has named Steve Lewis 2014 Coach of the Year award winner. From the USA Rugby article:
The Smith & Forge Hard Cider Senior Club Coach of the Year was awarded to Lewis, who led Old Blue of New York to the 2014 USA Rugby Men’s Club Division III National Championship Final at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wisc. Old Blue’s undefeated run from the competition’s Round of 32 to the Final against Life West Gladiators saw Lewis’ team record five wins with a combined score of 168-66 in the span of a month.
Lewis also coached Old Blue’s men’s sevens team to a second-place finish at the 2014 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Old Blue won five consecutive matches across pool play and the knockout rounds until a last-minute try by Seattle Saracens in the Cup Final ended the club’s hopes of a title in both codes of rugby union.
In addition to his work at Old Blue, Lewis has helped guide nine athletes from the Northeast National Development Academy – a member of the USA Rugby Olympic Development Academy – to Men’s Eagles Sevens High Performance Camps to be seen by Eagles Head Coach Mike Friday and his staff.
“Smith & Forge is all about bringing back the grit and greatness of hard cider,” the Smith & Forge brand team said. “As a proud sponsor of USA Rugby, Smith & Forge presents the 2014 Senior Club Coach of the Year award to the man who was the grittiest on the sidelines all year: Stephen Lewis. Congratulations, Stephen.”