On a beautiful spring day the Rickard’s football program turned over a new leaf with the official announcement of Quintin Lewis as the new Raider head football coach. Lewis replaces Rudy Hubbard as head coach and takes over a Raider program that went 1-9 last season and hasn’t won more than 3 games over a two-year span. Lewis’ previous stint was at Crescent City High School where he lead the team to a 3-7 mark while playing several notable schools in higher classifications.
Greeted by the cheerleaders and Marching Raider Band, Quintin Lewis was given a true homecoming fit for an alumnus. In front of a few hundred students, faculty and supporters in attendance, Lewis was excited when he spoke about the opportunity to coach at his Alma Mater. “This has been a dream come true for me. I really want to bring the pride back to Tallahassee about the Rickards football program… I want to drive these guys to be the best and right now the sky’s the limit.” When asked about his emotional energy, Lewis responded “I’m a firecracker!… I’m very energetic, loud and focused.”
Lewis beat out 76 applicants for the new position and the screening process wasn’t easy. Rickards Athletic Director Earl Hankerson spoke about the extensive selection process for chosing the new head coach. “We received a total of 76 applicants”, he said, “So we really had to do a lot of homework.” With Lewis now in charge the Raider program will now look to translating their coaches energy into wins on the field. “I’ve been here for about a week and this is a great family atmosphere. The faculty here is all about education and the kids.” Lewis went on to say.