Former Ohio State basketball player Ron Lewis to coach at Worthington Kilbourne

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Former Ohio State and Bowling Green guard Ron Lewis warms up before playing for Mid-American Unity in The Basketball Tournament at the Covelli Center on July 23, 2021.

Former Ohio State men’s basketball standout Ron Lewis has joined the Worthington Kilbourne boys program as the junior varsity coach, Wolves coach Tom Souder said.

“I’m so excited. He’s so excited,” said Souder. “I think his family is excited to be in Columbus around family. It’s a win-win for everybody. I don’t know if we could have hit a further home run.”

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Lewis, whose buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Xavier in the 2007 NCAA tournament helped spark the Buckeyes’ run to the Final Four, joins the Kilbourne staff after spending the last 14 seasons playing professionally overseas. He most recently played for SLUC Nancy Basket in France, averaging 15.4 points, 3.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 33 games last season.

'I always wanted to teach'

Lewis also will be a permanent substitute teacher this school year at Kilbourne, where his son, Te-Mar, is a sophomore.

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“I always wanted to teach,” Lewis said. “Whether as a coach or as a teacher, I love developing kids. When I was thinking about retiring and I was thinking about what I wanted to do ... my thing was to get (Te-Mar) in the right opportunity, the right place to where he can grow and I can grow.”

How did Lewis land the job at Worthington Kilbourne?

Looking for a coaching job, Lewis came across the Kilbourne opening while searching online.

“I did what any normal person would do,” he said with a chuckle. “I looked online and they had a position open and I applied for it. Tom called me and from there, it clicked.”

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“When he said he was interested in the JV position, I immediately said, ‘Well, when do you want to start?’ ” Souder said. “I just think the experience and the kind of man that he is – I just think that, that is a bonus for kids.”

(NCL OSUNCAA1 LAURON BAPTIST 17MAR06) Ohio State's Ron Lewis, 12, goes up against Davidson's Ian Johnson, 22, for two during the second half of their NCAA game at the University of Dayton Arena, March 17, 2006. (Dispatch photo by Neal C. Lauron)

Lewis to join former Bowling Green teammate at Kilbourne

One of Lewis’ former college teammates, Josh Almanson, is an assistant principal at Kilbourne. They played together for two seasons at Bowling Green.

“What a coincidence,” Lewis said. “I think it’s wonderful. When you’re new to something, when you can find somebody that makes you feel comfortable ... I think that helps out. It goes a long way. Josh has been talking to me and telling me that it’s going to be OK and what’s going to happen along the way, just being that communication whenever I need someone to talk to.”

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Lewis, a graduate of Brookhaven, spent two seasons at Bowling Green before transferring to Ohio State for his final two seasons.