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Former Wisconsin tight end Sean Lewis named Kent State head coach

A big move up for a former Badger.

Former Wisconsin Badgers tight end Sean Lewis’s quick ascent through the coaching ranks now takes him back to the MAC in a leading-man capacity.

The Kent State Golden Flashes named the 31-year-old Lewis their head coach on Thursday, making the former Badger the youngest head coach in the FBS, an honor previously held by current Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley.

Under the tutelage of Dino Babers since 2012, Lewis has coached at Eastern Illinois (2012–13), Bowling Green (2014–15), and Syracuse (2016–17).

Lewis helped lead fast-paced and high-octane offenses on Babers’s staffs, just a bit of a difference from what he experienced at Wisconsin. Most recently acting as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Orangemen the past two seasons, Lewis oversaw a unit that averaged 456.3 yards per game.

Though Syracuse went 4–8 during the 2017 season, one win came against Clemson in mid-October.

Lewis played at Wisconsin first as a quarterback and then tight end from 2004–07 before getting into the coaching ranks. That first included working as a high school offensive coordinator before moving up to coach tight ends at Division II University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2010.

In his first FBS coaching gig, Akron hired Lewis as a graduate assistant in 2011.