A former western Nebraska high school assistant football coach who played for the Cornhuskers will spend three years on probation after being convicted on two felony drug counts.
42-year-old Lance Lewis, who coached at Sidney High School, learned of his sentence today in Cheyenne County District Court. Lewis also will have to perform 50 hours of community service, using his experience as an anti-drug message to youth.
Judge Travis O’Gorman informed Lewis that if he violated the terms of his probation, he would be sent to prison. During Lewis’ court appearance, O’Gorman noted how many children and community members looked up to Lewis as a coach and a former Husker. The judge said probation would give Lewis the chance to help others avoid his mistake. O’Gorman also stated that Lewis needed a “cloud” over his head to remind him of the importance of staying drug-free and sober.
Lewis, who played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the late 80’s and early 90’s, was arrested last November after being stopped in Sidney by the Nebraska State Patrol for a traffic violation. Troopers, acting on a tip that Lewis had been transporting drugs, searched the car and found marijuana and hashish. Troopers had been monitoring his movements between Nebraska and Kansas.
Lewis pleaded guilty to two felony drug possession charges in May.
Sidney High School relieved Lewis of his coaching duties not long after his arrest. He had been on the Sidney High School coaching staff for ten years.
Dave Collins, KSID, Sidney contributed to this report.