It is very likely that if you were a part of The Bush School community anytime between 1985 and the present day, you know a member of the Lewis family. Bush alumni, “lifers,” and siblings Chris ’98, Tiffany ’00, and Liz Symington ’07—and their parents, Tom and Joy—are well known for their kindness, generosity, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. And they share another distinguishing trait: remarkable contributions to the Bush athletics program.
Tom Lewis began coaching tennis at Bush in 2002 and continues to coach tennis at the Middle School. Throughout those eighteen years, he has been Head and Assistant Tennis Coach for Upper School junior varsity and varsity girls, Tennis Coach for Middle School, Middle School Recreational Tennis Teacher, Middle School Co-Ed Tennis Assistant Coach, and Tennis Coach for summer camps.
Coaching tennis at Bush has become a family tradition for the Lewises. Chris coached from 2006-2009; Tiffany coached from 2004-2006; and Liz and Tom continue to coach Middle School tennis. The Lewis siblings each made their mark on Bush athletics history as student-athletes, too. Chris, Tiffany, and Liz each earned district, state, or national titles. Most recent are Liz’s four consecutive championships, from 2004-2007, in the WIAA 1A state singles—she was district champion and a member of the state championship team each of those four years, too. Tiffany was the 1997-1998 league singles champion, and in 1999 she won league doubles champion. Chris was district singles champion and state singles champion four consecutive years from 1995-1998.
Joy and Tom Lewis’ involvement at Bush extends well beyond coaching activities. Joy gave her time to building a successful fundraising auction and hosted class parties that included families, staff, and faculty. One year, Tom recalled, she hosted classes from all three divisions, as Chris was enrolled in the Upper School, Tiffany in the Middle School, and Liz in the Lower School. She also managed several aspects of out-of-town athletics trips, including accommodations for frequent trips to Spokane.
Tom sat on the Board of Trustees from 1991-2000, spending much of that time leading the Building and Grounds Committee. When asked what led him to coaching tennis, Tom shared that although he played some tennis and squash growing up, it was his children’s abilities and passions for the sport that brought him to the coaching position.