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New Coaches Named for New Cath Soccer, Newport Wrestling & Baseball

Newport Central Catholic High School named a new head boys soccer coach, and Newport High School named new coaches for varsity wrestling and baseball.

Former New Cath boys soccer standout and 2000 graduate Ben Williams will take over the program at his alma mater. 

Williams will assume those duties in the 2020 season, replacing Jeff Martin who will now serve as the school's head baseball coach.

“I’m very excited to be leading these young men at Newport Central Catholic High School," Williams said. "I enjoyed my time very much as a student-athlete at NCC and to now lead the soccer program as an alum, is truly an honor. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Williams, who was also a star track athlete, was a 1999 First Team All-Region selection by the Northern Kentucky Soccer Coaches Association and the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was also an all-state honorable mention that year.

Williams played at Wilmington College where he was a four-year letterman and captain his senior season. 

“I am really excited to announce Ben Williams as our new boys soccer coach," said Newport Catholic principal Ron Dawn. "It’s always great to have former players come back to coach. With the experience and knowledge that Ben possesses the future is bright for the soccer program here at NCC.”

Williams previously served as head boys soccer coach at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati from 2014-18, after previously working as an assistant there from 2004-13. He was named Greater Miami Conference Coach of the Year in 2016, and co-coach of the year in the City of Cincinnati.

Williams was inducted into the Newport Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2017.

Newport names wrestling, baseball coaches

Dominic Lewis is the new leader of the Newport Wildcats baseball team and Derek Webster was named head wrestling coach at Newport.

Lewis has more than 30 years of coaching experience, including five as an assistant at Newport.

Webster has ten years of varsity wrestling and football coaching experience at Deltona High School in Florida. He is the defensive coordinator at Newport's football program currently.

"I am very pleased and excited about attributes that these coaches bring to not only the student athletes but the community as well," said Newport Athletic Director Robert Haire. "With his 30 years of baseball coaching knowledge, Coach Lewis has come to know and build relationships with the parents and the children of Newport."

"Coach Webster has a passion for helping and coaching high school student athletes," Haire said. "He is very detail oriented while never losing sight on what is important in high school sports which he believes is preparing young people to become good young adults and make sure they know that they are not only coached hard but loved hard."

Webster said he has a passion for coaching and molding young men, whether that is in football or wrestling.

"My philosophy is that I want my athletes to grow and become better students, athletes, and people," Webster said. "I truly believe that the real results from coaching is if the young men I coach become good men, fathers, husbands and members of society.

"They will learn not only lessons about becoming a better wrestler, but hopefully a better student and person as they grow in our program," he said. "I believe that if we do the little things right not only on the mat, but in the classroom as well, the wins will come."

Lewis said he is thrilled to have the opportunity to coach the Wildcat baseball team.

"I have been coaching for Newport for the last five years as an assistant coach," Lewis said. "I knew if the opportunity presented itself that I would jump right on it. I love the game of baseball. I played baseball my whole life and have coached for the last 30 years in knothole. Newport baseball has always had great coaches and I am just glad I can join the ranks.

"My philosophy about coaching is you get out of it what you put into it," he said. "The harder you work the better you become. The lessons that the boys will learn is that it takes a team, not an individual to achieve a goal, and if they work together, anything is possible."

Haire said both Coach Lewis and Coach Webster are already recognized community leaders in Newport.

"Along with three other parents, Coach Lewis started a youth league so that the kids would have another activity to do to represent their city," Haire said. "The program is going on its 8th year now and has grown to 6 sport offerings." 

"Coach Webster has already made a positive impact as a part of the faculty and as the defensive coordinator for the varsity football team," Haire said. "He has a great relationship with the students, works hard and will help them to become the best student athletes they can be with the emphasis being on the student first."

"I love being here at Newport," Webster said. "This is my second year here coaching football and now as the new wrestling coach and I have to say we have great kids and a wonderful staff and administration that do everything to help make our kids successful every day."

-Staff report

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