"Coaches are teachers. You always look for life lessons from your own life," Lewis said. "The stuff that happened to us recently, you never want something like that to happen. The next day, I wrote a number of things on the blackboard that had happened to me — the Bias thing, not being able to get back from France for my aunt's funeral and how what happened to us was pretty small."
"He can definitely handle the job," said Kelli Lewis, who met her husband while they were students at Maryland. "I think he's happy here, but if he wanted to do that, I know he could."
As he finishes his most successful season to date, Lewis seems comfortable in his environment.
Showing a short highlight tape of his career at Maryland to his players on Senior Night, he stands in the background, much as he did when he played with Bias and others at Maryland.
"When it's not fun and not easy, it becomes a job," he said in his office earlier that day. "It's a lot of fun. It's not always easy. The kids don't always do what you want them to do, but it's a lot of fun trying to outsmart the other coach and the other team."
Baltimore Sun reporter Glenn Graham contributed to this article.