Lemanski has been an assistant coach at Hoke County and headed the St. Pauls and North Brunswick squads.

When coach Nathan Faulk left South View for Wilmington Laney six years ago, then-St. Pauls coach Travis Lemanksi threw his hat into the ring.

“I was like, ‘Man, I’d love to get over there,’” Lemanski said. “It was a big 4-A school. At that time, I’d only been at 2-A schools, or even 1-A when I first started at North Brunswick.”

The Tigers didn’t bite on Lemanski, instead hiring Wendell Wise to take over the program.

But that didn’t deter Lemanksi from trying a second time to land in Hope Mills.

“I just went back to St. Pauls and thought that would have been a great opportunity,” Lemanski said. “So I decided if it ever came open again, I was definitely going to throw my name back into the hat.”

Tigers athletic director Chad Barbour announced Thursday that Lemanski will fill the position vacated by Wise, who stepped down for personal reasons in April.

Wise coached the Tigers for six years, wrapping up his stint after going 6-19 last season.

Mike Moses Jr., head coach of the St. Pauls girls’ team, was initially announced as the next Tigers’ coach, but Moses ultimately decided to stay with the Bulldogs.

Lemanski, a 42-year-old native of Michigan, comes from Hoke County, where he spent four years on staff. He was an assistant coach for the football team all four years and spent the last three as an assistant boys' basketball coach under Quame Patterson.

Prior to his time in Raeford, Lemanski coached four years at St. Pauls and, before that, seven seasons at North Brunswick.

Lemanski said being able to make the move to 4-A, where more athletes are available, from the smaller classifications was part of the draw.

Another benefit is that he’ll coach only basketball, a departure from his previous jobs where he was part of the football coaching staff, as well.

“I’m looking forward to being able to concentrate on one sport,” Lemanski said. “At bigger schools, you’ve got just a plethora of athletes to choose from, and they're more specialized in a sport.”

Lemanski said he was familiar with South View’s competitive tradition, and that he’s looking to get South View back to that kind of success.

“We want to hit the ground running and continue to build on the tradition that’s already there,” Lemanski said. “We’ll try to bring it back to the good old days and see if we can’t be a little more competitive right off the bat.”

 

Staff writer Jaclyn Shambaugh can be reached at jshambaugh@fayobserver.com or 609-0651.