Monty Lewis

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Monty Lewis
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Unemployed
Team None
Conference None
Record 85–39
Playing career
1982–1984 Southwestern (KS)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985 Southwestern (KS) (OL)
1986 Fort Hays (LB)
1987 Northeastern State (LB/WR)
1988–1989 MacMurray (OC)
1991 Colorado State (LB)
1992 Kentucky (LB/OL)
1993–2001 Southwestern (KS)
2002 West Texas A&M (OC)
2003–2016 Friends
Head coaching record
Overall 145–71
Accomplishments and honors
2x KCAC Coach of the Year (2006–2008)

Monty Lewis is the former head football coach for Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.[1] He accumulated 100 wins in just 15 years as a head coach and has one of the highest winning percentages of any active coach in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Before coaching at Friends, Lewis was the head coach for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders[3] and led the team to a record of 60 wins and 32 losses during his tenure to become the "all-time winningest coach in school history"[4] including a 1996 Wheat Bowl victory against Baker University.[5] In terms of head coach winning percentage at Southwestern, Lewis ranks #6 overall.

After the 1997 regular season, his team played in the NAIA Football National Championship, losing 53–28 to Doane College.[6]

In 1998, his team at Southwestern advanced to the second round of the National Championship, defeating the Lindenwood Lions 12–10 in the first round and losing 52–6 to Si Tanka (SD).[7]

For the 1999 NAIA Football National Championship, the team lost in the first round to Northwestern Oklahoma State by a score of 44–10.[8]

Lewis was abruptly fired from Friends University in March 2017.

Playing career[edit]

As a player for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders, Lewis was an NAIA All-American in 1983 and 1984[9] where he played for head coaches Dennis Franchione and Charlie Cowdrey.,[10] including the 1982 Sunflower Bowl victory.[11]


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