Bassick’s Derrick Lewis resigns, expected to be named next football coach at Law

Derrick Lewis (left) during a Bassick practice in 2011.

Derrick Lewis (left) during a Bassick practice in 2011.

It looks like Derrick Lewis is coming back to the SCC.

Lewis, a former all-state lineman at West Haven and All-American lineman at Southern Connecticut who has coached Bassick for the last three seasons, is expected take over as head coach at Jonathan Law, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

Milford Public Schools athletic director Mike Hoggatt, however, denied the hiring. “We’re still in the process of interviews,” he said. “We have three candidates left and we’re down to our second interviews.”

Yet, Bridgeport citywide athletic director Neil Kavey confirmed that Lewis had ¬†officially resigned at Bassick and informed his players on Tuesday that he’d be going to Law.

“We sorry to lose him, Law’s getting a great guy,” Kavey said. “He’s a guy that, not only football program will miss him, but the community will miss him. He’s a community oriented guy.”

Lewis declined comment when reached Wednesday afternoon. “Not right now,” he said.

Lewis, 32, was 4-27 in three years at Bassick, which has notoriously struggled as a football program. It once held the state’s all-time losing streak record. His best season was 3-8 last year, the program’s best season in more than two decades.

He will take over a Law program that has also seen its share of struggles.

The Lawmen have produced just three winning seasons over the last 20 years. The school hasn’t had a winning season¬†since 2007, when it just missed out on the state playoffs at 9-1.

Lewis is a behavioral specialist for Bridgeport Public Schools and is an ordained minister at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on the East End of Bridgeport.

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