ARVADA — Heading into its second season of fielding a varsity team, Ralston Valley’s boys lacrosse team will have a new coach next spring.
Nick Lewis, who spent the last two years as the head boys lacrosse coach at Prairie View High School in Henderson, has been named the new boys lacrosse coach for the Ralston Valley Mustangs.
“I’m extremely excited to be a Mustang,” said Lewis, who guided the Thunderhawks to a 9-6 record last year.
Lewis is originally from New York and played lacrosse at SUNY Oneonta in New York. He has been coaching lacrosse for the past 16 years and moved to Colorado in 2015. Lewis said the potential and the number of students at Ralston Valley is a reason why he was interested in the position.
“Ralston Valley is lucky to bring on a coach of Nick’s caliber to move our program forward,” said Jim Hynes, Ralston Valley’s Athletic Director. “His east coast background as a player, and his track record of turning around a previous program were factors in his hiring.”
Ralston Valley had a 1-14 overall record and 0-6 mark in the 5A Front Range League last season. It was the first year at the varsity level for the young program. Ironically, the Mustangs’ season finale last year was a close 8-7 loss to Prairie View and the Mustangs’ new coach.
“I want to build a culture and community around Ralston Valley lacrosse,” Lewis said. “We want to build a program that we have pride in and perform to the best of our abilities on and off the field.”
Ralston Valley had just two seniors on its squad last season. Being the lone Arvada-area high school to have a boys lacrosse program currently, there is plenty of potential for the program to grow and draw talent from across the north-Jeffco schools.